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Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)
Address: Gate 3, Secretariate Building,PICC Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1307 Philippines
E-mail Address:
Phone: +63 2 846 8720
Fax: +63 2 846 8723
Chief Executive Officer: Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II
Year Lottery Founded: 1935
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
PHP32.4 Billion (Peso)
PHP37.4 Billion (Peso)
Number of Employees: 1,111
Points of Sale (POS): 11,070
On-line Vendor: Philippine Gaming Management Corp
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Games Offered: Lotto - Passive lotteries
Beneficiaries: PCSO allocates 30% of net receipts to designated charities.
Jurisdiction: Philippines

Background Information

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been described as the government's charity arm. It performs its work with integrity, competence and professionalism. The PCSO was created by President Manuel L. Quezon with his approval of Act 4130 in March 1935 to replace the National Charity Sweepstakes.
In its humanitarian mission, the agency engaged in charitable work with the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, the Philippine Tuberculosis Society and the Federation of Women's Clubs among the first beneficiaries.
In September 1979 a new law was approved by the Batasang Pambansa raising the PCSO's charity fund from 25 percent to 30 percent of its net sales and reserving 55 percent for the prize fund and 15 percent for its operating expenses.
Its primary goals are to finance health programs, render medical assistance and services to the disadvantaged sectors of society and perform charitable work. It is also mandated to develop community health care in regional hospitals throughout the country through TB, cancer and dialysis centers.
Faced with mounting health care commitments, the PCSO was allowed to introduce new games, such as lotteries and lotto. This enabled it to expand its services to victims of natural and man-made disasters such as the Pinatubo eruption, the Ormoc disaster and the Ozone fire tragedy.
The PCSO is mandated to perform its mission with a deep sense of accountability and transparency in all its transactions.

In January 1995, a new equipment lease was signed with Malaysia's Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad.

News Archive for CY2017
March 16, 2017 PCSO Assures Local Governments Officials of Continued Support
March 1, 2017 Plan to Tax Lottery Winnings Opposed
February 13, 2017 House Speaker Warns PCSO to Cease Stop Small-Town Lottery Operations or Face Consequences
February 12, 2017 Lottery Maintains Gaming Corporation’s Operations Outside CEZA Are Illegal
January 24, 2017 PCSO Targets P27.8 Billion from Expanded Small Town Lottery Operations This Year
January 23, 2017 Calls for Review of Rules on Small Town Lottery Franchises
January 19, 2017 Lawmaker Wants to Tax Lotto Winnings
January 18, 2017 Lotto Winnings Now Taxed
January 15, 2017 Billions Lost by the Government in Small-Town Lottery Operations

News Archive for CY2016
October 31, 2016 Decline in Lotto Sales Attributed to Increase in Unit Cost
September 16, 2016 Government to Consider Privatizing Lottery Operations
August 24, 2016 PhilWeb Proposes Text Lottery
August 24, 2016 President Pushing for the Merger of State-Owned Gaming, Lottery Companies PAGCOR and PCSO
August 23, 2016 House Leader Pushes for Nationwide Expansion of Small Town Lottery Operations
July 27, 2016 Former and Current PCSO Chairs Face Graft Complaint Over Lottery Equipment Lease Deal
July 20, 2016 Philippine Supreme Court Dismiss Lottery Plunder Charges Against Former President
May 31, 2016 INTRALOT Signs Extension Contract in Philippines
May 15, 2016 President-elect Vows to Rid the Country of Illegal Lotteries and Other Forms of Illegal Gambling
May 1, 2016 Two More PCSO Sectors Work for ISO Certification
March 7, 2016 Lottery Office to Settle P3 Billion Tax Liabilities with Bureau of Internal Revenue
March 6, 2016 PCSO Chairman Wants to Consolidate Small Town Lottery Operations
February 29, 2016 Bureau of Internal Revenue Says DST Applies to All Lottery Games
February 22, 2016 Bureau of Internal Revenue Says DST Applies to All Lottery Games
February 22, 2016 Internal Revenue Clears PCSO on Tax Payment from Small Town Lottery Operations
February 15, 2016 Ombudsman Cites Sweepstakes Chairman for Misappropriating of Public Funds
February 10, 2016 Lottery Officials Face Charge of ‘Plunder’ for Allegedly Conspiring to Defraud the Government
February 5, 2016 Internal Revenue Clears Sweepstakes Office of Tax Liabilities
January 20, 2016 Government Assures Public of Lottery Office’s Financial Health
January 18, 2016 House Committee to Probe Gaming Firm Competing with Government Lottery

News Archive for CY2015
December 28, 2015 PCSO Caps 2015 with P29.7-Billion Sales
December 26, 2015 Philippine Panel Backs Casino Fee and Tax on Lottery Winnings
November 30, 2015 PCSO to Abolish Small Town Lottery
November 11, 2015 Report Indicates P50 billion Yearly Lost through Non-declaration of Actual Small Town Lottery Sales
August 11, 2015 Lawmakers Scrutinize Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Operations
February 28, 2015 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Wins Appeal against Unpaid Tickets
February 9, 2015 PCSO To Hold First Ultra Lotto Draw
February 1, 2015 New Lottery Game Ready to Roll Out
January 29, 2015 Audit on State Run Lottery Firm
January 5, 2015 No Ticket No Pay Lottery Policy Tested
January 4, 2015 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) extended over P4 billion to more than 100,000 individuals in 2014

News Archive for CY2014
November 19, 2014 P3.35 billion worth of Lottery Prizes Accumulated in Unclaimed Monies
October 23, 2014 Call for Minimum Capital for New Casinos to be increased
October 23, 2014 House Panel Considers Lotto Claim
October 20, 2014 Operations to Continue Regardless of Governments Withdrawal of Permit
October 13, 2014 Berjaya Group looks to Extend Lottery Equipment Contract
August 8, 2014 PCSO Report Bingo Milyonaryo Sales Very Disappointing
June 30, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Allocates Funds to Government Units Hosting Lotto Outlets
June 22, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Delivers P100 million to the Commission on Higher Education
May 29, 2014 Player Bags P17.79 Million in 6/42 Lotto Draw
May 28, 2014 Court Rejects Bail Petition in Plunder Case
May 11, 2014 Resignation will have no Impact on Lottery Game Launch
May 1, 2014 PCSO Considers Putting Lotto Online
April 11, 2014 PCSO Player Claims P250-Million Lotto Jackpot
April 2, 2014 Court of Appeals Upholds Thermal Paper Contract
March 27, 2014 Small Town Lottery Agents Demand PCSO Shelve “Bingo Milyonaryo
March 23, 2014 PCSO Grants Issued to Welfare Groups and Programs
March 22, 2014 Wyoming Lottery Looks to Go Live Between June and October
March 24, 2014 PCSO Plans to Expand Its Lotto Outlet Network
March 17, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Introduces New Games
March 5, 2014 Governor Declares ‘Bingo Milyonaryo’ is Legal on the Island
February 17, 2014 PCSO Feeling the Pressure to Add to Its Revenues
January 9, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Expands with More Branches to Roll Out in 2014
January 9, 2014 Lone Player Wins P22.4-Million Lotto Jackpot
December 27, 2013 Government Ordered to File Comment in Lottery Case


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