The two-member minority bloc in the Senate will push for an investigation of the Grand Lotto 6/55 draw on Saturday night wherein a record 433 bettors won the PHP236-million jackpot prize for.
“I will file a resolution, because this is my concern. These lotto games are authorized by the Republic of the Philippines. Therefore, we need to maintain and protect the integrity of these gambling games that we have authorized,” Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III said in a radio interview on Sunday.
“Para sa akin, bihira na nga ang may two winners (For me, having two winners is already rare),” Pimentel added.
Fellow opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros backed the suggestion to probe the draw.
“We just want to rule out any doubts in the public mind that the results have been manipulated. While we recognize that people tend to bet in patterns, we also want to make sure the system is secure, free from glitches, and trustworthy,” she said in a statement. (PNA)