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Lotto winner gives P10m as ’balato’ to town mates

A man from Eastern Samar, who was one of the two winners of the record P1.18-billion Ultra Lotto jackpot last month, has given out nearly P10 million in cash gifts to his workmates and neighbors—and even a P5,000 “balato” to his new boss, the mayor of Borongan City.

Lotto winner gives P10m as ’balato’ to town mates

“I was pleasantly surprised when one day, I was in my office, one of our employees came in and said, ‘Mayor, here’s your P5,000 [share],’” Borongan City Mayor Fe Abunda told dzMM radio on Friday.

 

The jackpot winner, who took home over P470 million after taxes, also sent a check for P4.8 million to the City Treasurer’s Office so each city hall worker could also get P5,000 each.

Previously described by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office as a middle-aged family man “galing sa masa” (from the masses), the winner was recently regularized as a city hall employee.

He famously even needed to borrow money for fare to go to Manila to claim his prize at the PCSO head office in Manila, thus his gesture was not lost on at least 960 of his fellow workers―casual and permanent employees alike―who got a nice bonus on a regular payday.

“We’re very thankful for [the person’s] generosity,” Emmanuel Balondo, the City Treasurer OIC, told ABS-CBN News, as Borongan’s employees excitedly lined outside his office window.

According to Joselito Badiola, the man the jackpot winner entrusted the cash gifts to, another P5 million is coming to all his neighbors in the barangay where he lives, including his fellow tricycle drivers in the TODA (tricycle operators and drivers association) he belonged to and his local church.

“Before he got the city hall job, he used to drive tricycles to augment his income,” Badiola said. 

Mayor Abunda said she spent the P5,000 she got for snacks for his staff. As it turned out, she also knows the winner personally.

“This person’s mother was a nanny of my child. When I became mayor, I gave him the opportunity to become a permanent employee [at city hall],” she said. 

For his own security, the jackpot winner has left his own home in Borongan, the mayor revealed.

Topics: Fe Abunda , Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office , Emmanuel Balondo , Eastern Samar
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