The latest controversy surrounding the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has led to an investigation by the Senate. The issue at hand revolves around a recently edited photo of a Lotto 6/42 jackpot winner.

The winner, a 47-year-old woman from San Jose del Monte, correctly guessed the six winning numbers by combining certain family birthdates and two special numbers. The image of her accepting a check at the PCSO’s main office on December 29, wearing glasses and a face mask, raised suspicions due to its editing.

PCSO General Manager Mel Robles admitted that the photo was indeed altered to protect the winner’s identity, but acknowledged that the editing was poorly done. The editing was supposedly aimed at concealing the winner’s distinct clothing to ensure true anonymity.

Lawmakers have requested the true identities of recent winners to investigate any potential links to individuals involved in the lottery. Robles stated that the PCSO would provide this information if a subpoena is issued.

Senator Raffy Tulfo, who presides over the Ways and Means subcommittee panel, is leading the charge to probe further into the matter. He plans to collaborate with various government agencies and even mentioned the possibility of hiring private detectives if needed. Additionally, some lawmakers are seeking to ban online instant paper games and lottery games in the Philippines.

The PCSO has been operating the lottery in the Philippines, televised draws with independent officials, since 1995. This recent scandal has raised concerns about the transparency and integrity of the lottery system in the country.

The controversy has garnered widespread attention and is a topic of concern for both the general public and government officials. The Senate’s investigation into the issue will hopefully shed light on the matter and maintain the integrity of the lottery system going forward.

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