Jueteng is an illegal numbers game played in most most
provinces of The Philippines. It involves the combination of 37 numbers of 37
numbers. In some areas, the operators use 38 numbers. For 37 of 37 numbers,
there are, 1,369 combinations; while for 38 of 38 numbers, there are, 1,444
Local lottery operators accept bets as small as 25
centavos and as high as P100 per combination. It is most popular with the
under-privileged and middle class.
Collections of bets reportedly runs to about P50
million daily in Luzon. Most of the affected areas are Central Luzon, Southern
Tagalog, Nothern Luzon, Metro-Manila, Bicol Region, Cagayan Valley and
Cordillera Autonomous Region in that order. There are no widespread operations
of jueteng in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Thousands of people in Luzon also make jueteng their
source of livelihood, either as collectors of bets or supervisors (cabo as
referred to in the local dialect).
How It Is Played
The numbers 1 to
37 marked in small wooden sizes just like those in bingo games are placed
inside a container usually made of rattan. The draw is witnessed by all the
'cabos' to demonstrate a semblance of honesty.
Somebody from the group of
spectators witnessing the game shakes the numbers inside the container and then
draws one number, which will become the first number of the winning
The first number taken out is duly recorded and returned to
the container for the drawing of the second number of the winning combination.
The container is shaken for the second time and another number is drawn for
the second number of the winning combination.
The Payoff for the Winning
Some operators or bankers pay P700.00 for the winning
combinations while others pay only P400.00.