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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Former OFW Wins State Lottery

A former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) said he was happy to win half of the 36.7 million pesos (Dh3.29 million) from a government-run lottery because it could help his cancer-stricken son, a local paper said.

The 60-year-old winner of the March 17 lottery (lotto) draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) was crying when he got his money, PCSO assistant budget and accounting manager Paloma Malinao told the Philippine Star.

The OFW, whose name was not released, was bankrupt and had lost all his savings since his son had started treatment for stage 4 cancer, said Malinao.

The OFW’s other younger son, a second-year college student, was also forced to drop out of school, said Malinao.

The OFW was relieved that his win could help him redeem the mortgage papers of his house which was recently foreclosed by the bank, according to PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas.

But above all, the OFW’s main concern, is the recovery of his bedridden son, said Rojas, adding this was the reason why the OFW was “not crying for joy” despite winning the PCSO’s top lottery this week.

The other winner of the lottery was from suburban Muntinlupa City.

source: GULFNEWS

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