Tonight’s Philippine 6/49 lottery draw is some PHP107+ million or roughly USD2.2 million. Nothing stellar by North American standards where mega-jackpots go as high as USD200+ million, but not bad in the local context. I am sure there are millions of millions of Filipinos who have lined up today to get a ticket or two if only to allow them to dream for the next few hours what they might do with the winnings should the heavens designate them as this week’s lucky winner(s). I am not a big fan of lotto, as the numbers and probabilities make it a losing proposition for the Filipino consumer overall, but I do subscribe to the occasional daydream about a sudden jackpot and all the probable benefits one might get from it. So every once in a while, when the prize money crosses PHP100 million, I buy a couple of tickets, just in case. With odds of winning the jackpot at 1 in 13.93 million (according to U.S. websites), that means that a PHP20 bet should ideally result in about a PHP260 million prize. So all of those folks who won single digit million peso prizes got screwed, in a sense. Or if you win PHP50 million but share it with 5 other lucky ones, then you were somewhat unfortunate, in a way.
But total prize money given away when compared to sales of tickets are, and I am taking a wild guess, probably just 30-40% of the total take. So in essence, it is a bad deal. However, drop the logic for a moment and succumb to the daydream… A holiday in Paris flying a Singapore Airlines A380 and staying in their private cubicles in First Class, a new car, a wildly overpriced watch, millions of meals for grade school children, employment generation for folks out of work, a crack team of cookbook editors, proofreaders, stylists, photographers, recipe-testers… ahhh, I could go on and on. Trust me, spending this would not be an issue… So today, I asked all of our crew to choose their winning number combinations, and I purchased tickets for all of them, and a few more for myself, hoping that today is one of their truly lucky days. And while I was starting to daydream (along with everyone else in the house, I am sure) I realized I should be ready with my outfit in case I have to go to PCSO tomorrow to claim my prize. Of course I want to remain as anonymous as possible, so friends and relations won’t hit me up for a balato (spoils). I thought this outfit above was the perfect solution. Fetching, wouldn’t you agree? :) I hope if we don’t win it, a marketmanila.com reader does. Good luck! :) Oh, and if you see a picture in the paper of someone dressed like this claiming their prize, you’ll know who it is… heeheehee. :)