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Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)
Address: Gate 3, Secretariate Building,PICC Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1307 Philippines
E-mail Address:
Phone: +63 2 846 8720
Fax: +63 2 846 8723
Chief Executive Officer: Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II
Year Lottery Founded: 1935
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
PHP32.4 Billion (Peso)
PHP37.4 Billion (Peso)
Number of Employees: 1,111
Points of Sale (POS): 11,070
On-line Vendor: Philippine Gaming Management Corp
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Games Offered: Lotto - Passive lotteries
Beneficiaries: PCSO allocates 30% of net receipts to designated charities.
Jurisdiction: Philippines

Background Information

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been described as the government's charity arm. It performs its work with integrity, competence and professionalism. The PCSO was created by President Manuel L. Quezon with his approval of Act 4130 in March 1935 to replace the National Charity Sweepstakes.
In its humanitarian mission, the agency engaged in charitable work with the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, the Philippine Tuberculosis Society and the Federation of Women's Clubs among the first beneficiaries.
In September 1979 a new law was approved by the Batasang Pambansa raising the PCSO's charity fund from 25 percent to 30 percent of its net sales and reserving 55 percent for the prize fund and 15 percent for its operating expenses.
Its primary goals are to finance health programs, render medical assistance and services to the disadvantaged sectors of society and perform charitable work. It is also mandated to develop community health care in regional hospitals throughout the country through TB, cancer and dialysis centers.
Faced with mounting health care commitments, the PCSO was allowed to introduce new games, such as lotteries and lotto. This enabled it to expand its services to victims of natural and man-made disasters such as the Pinatubo eruption, the Ormoc disaster and the Ozone fire tragedy.
The PCSO is mandated to perform its mission with a deep sense of accountability and transparency in all its transactions.

In January 1995, a new equipment lease was signed with Malaysia's Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad.

News Archive for CY2019
August 3, 2019 Palace Downplays PCSO Losses During Lotto Shutdown
August 3, 2019 Incumbent Online Lottery Equipment Provider Receives Lease Extension from PCSO
July 30, 2019 PCSO is Missing P6B from Small Town Lottery Operations, Prompting Supreme Court to Step in
July 30, 2019 PCSO Estimates Shutdown Cost the Lottery Around P250 Million
July 30, 2019 President Lifts Suspension on PCSO Lotto Games
April 15, 2019 PCSO Issues Warning to People Participating in the Illegal Operation of the Peryahan Ng Bayan (PNB) Numbers Game
April 13, 2019 PCSO to Pursue Delinquent Small Town Lottery Operators Who Fail to Adhere to Their Financial Obligations
March 14, 2019 PCSO Welcomes Probe Into Corruption Allegations
March 13, 2019 Palace Grants Former PCSO General Manager’s Request for Graft Probe
March 9, 2019 President Removes PCSO General Manager
March 7, 2019 Lottery Sales Fall as Ticket Prices Rise Due to TRAIN Law: PCSO
February 28, 2019 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Told to Follow the Ruling of the Court of Appeals in Peryahan ng Bayan Case
February 6, 2019 PCSO Hits P63.56 Billion Revenue for 2018
January 23, 2019 2018 was a Landmark Year for PCSO with Biggest Jackpot and 61 Millionaires
January 20, 2019 Australian Firm Cleared to Pursue Thermal Paper Deal with Lottery Office
January 11, 2019 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Pleased with Small Town Lottery Earnings for 2018
January 10, 2019 PCSO: Partial 2018 Revenue Hits P59.4 Billion

News Archive for CY2018
December 29, 2018 PCSO Revenues Soaring; January to November Gross Sales Up18 Percent Compared to the Same Period Last Year
December 19, 2018 House Joint Panel Tackles Bid to Extend Small Town Lottery Operations
October 2, 2018 Supreme Court Allows PCSO to Hold Bidding for Luzon Online Lottery System
October 1, 2018 Berjaya Philippines Extends Lease Deal with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)
September 3, 2018 PCSO Approves 13 Additional Small Town Lottery Agents
August 24, 2018 Small Town Lottery vs Lotto Sales Heat Up
August 1, 2018 Pacific Online and PCSO Extend Lottery Equipment Lease Deal
July 27, 2018 Small Town Lottery Nets P12.4 Billion in the First Semester of 2018; Up 146.85%
July 16, 2018 PCSO Welcomes Audit Report on Keno Games
July 12, 2018 PCSO Postpones Lotto Ticket Price Increase
June 27, 2018 Expanded Small Town Lottery Has Created over 300k Jobs and Generates P2-Billion Each Month for President’s Free Medical Services Program
June 5, 2018 Court Dismissed PGMC’s P7.6 Billion Claims for Damages Against PCSO
May 17, 2018 PCSO Earnings Hit P20-Billion Mark in April
April 24, 2018 Cities/Municipalities All Want a Piece of Small Town Lottery
April 24, 2018 PCSO Mulls Small Town Lottery Expansion to Boost Funds
April 24, 2018 PCSO General Manager Vows Transparency in Agencies Sales, Performance
March 27, 2018 Senior PCSO Management Team Briefed on New 20% Tax on Lotto Winnings
March 20, 2018 Small Town Lottery Earnings Nearing P4 Billion
March 17, 2018 PCSO Earns P3.81-B, up 102% in Jan-Feb 2018
March 13, 2018 Lottery Not Spared from TRAIN Tax on Winnings
March 12, 2018 CSO Charter Needs Amendments to Remove 20% Tax on Lottery Winnings: BIR Expert
March 12, 2018 Sweepstakes Office Expects Monthly Tax Collections from Lottery Winnings to Reach P1 Billion
March 3, 2018 Lawmaker Suggests the Formation of a Technical Working Group to Determine New Formula for Small Town Lottery Receipts
February 22, 2018 PCSO Confident of P11-B Lottery Systems Upgrade
February 22, 2018 PCSO Place 5 Small Town Lottery Operators Under Review
February 21, 2018 New Tax is Set to Earn Government Up to P1 Billion Monthly from PCSO Lottery Games
February 19, 2018 How Does a Lottery Explain to Players the Imposition of a Twenty Percent Tax on all Lottery Winnings
February 11, 2018 Small Town Lottery Sales Up 104% in January Compared to Last Year
January 29, 2018 House Minority Leader Asks Senate Committee Chair to Reconsider Plan to Discontinue Small Town Lottery Operations
January 29, 2018 House Committee to Resume Hearings on Questionable Small Town Lottery Operations
January 18, 2018 PCSO Believe a Centralized Small Town Lottery Draw is Not Feasible
January 18, 2018 Retired Police General Appointed to Chair PCSO
January 12, 2018 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Chair Steps Down Due to Ill Health
January 3, 2018 PCSO Says Small Town Lottery is Gaining the Upper Hand Against Illegal Games

News Archive for CY2017
November 21, 2017 Provincial Small Town Lottery Operation Owes the PCSO P250 Million
November 21, 2017 Small Town Lottery Agent in Albay Owes Government P250M, Says PCSO
November 21, 2017 PCSO Generates Revenues of More than P38 Billion from Its Major Gaming Products in January-September
November 17, 2017 PCSO Records P10 Billion Increase on Fund Generation
November 17, 2017 PCSO Revokes Small Town Lottery Permit in Pangasinan
November 17, 2017 Provincial Governor Wants Small Town Lottery Operations Stopped
November 14, 2017 PCSO Continue Small Town Lottery Roll-Out in Marikina
September 30, 2017 PCSO Praise National Bureau of Investigation for Closing Six Illegal Small Town Lottery Outlets
August 29, 2017 PCSO Holds Provincial Conferences in Aklan and Capiz
August 22, 2017 PCSO Chair Confirms Small Town Lottery Has Completely Eradicated Illegal Numbers Game in Pampanga province
August 22, 2017 Senator Claims PCSO is Being Cheated of P50B a Year by Small Town Lottery Operators
August 8, 2017 PCSO, STL AACs Unite Behind Charity Programs
August 3, 2017 Congress Lauded for Supporting Small Town Lottery
July 28, 2017 PCSO Officials Disheartened by a Temporary Restraining Order for National Online Lottery System
July 23, 2017 Province Provincial, City and Municipal Governments Receive P1.1-M Share for PCSO Lotteries
July 23, 2017 PCSO Chair Agrees to Meet National Police Chief to Coordinate Fight Against Illegal Gambling
July 3, 2017 PCSO General Manager Warns Small Town Lottery Agent to Resolve Internal Issue or Face Sanctions
May 31, 2017 PCSO Welcomes Thailand’s Government Lottery Office
May 14, 2017 PCSO Licensed Small Town Lottery Outlets Allegedly Being Used for Illegal Numbers Game
May 9, 2017 PCSO Sales Nearly 35 Percent Higher Than the Same Period of 2016
March 16, 2017 PCSO Assures Local Governments Officials of Continued Support
March 1, 2017 Plan to Tax Lottery Winnings Opposed
February 13, 2017 House Speaker Warns PCSO to Cease Stop Small-Town Lottery Operations or Face Consequences
February 12, 2017 Lottery Maintains Gaming Corporation’s Operations Outside CEZA Are Illegal
January 24, 2017 PCSO Targets P27.8 Billion from Expanded Small Town Lottery Operations This Year
January 23, 2017 Calls for Review of Rules on Small Town Lottery Franchises
January 19, 2017 Lawmaker Wants to Tax Lotto Winnings
January 18, 2017 Lotto Winnings Now Taxed
January 15, 2017 Billions Lost by the Government in Small-Town Lottery Operations

News Archive for CY2016
October 31, 2016 Decline in Lotto Sales Attributed to Increase in Unit Cost
September 16, 2016 Government to Consider Privatizing Lottery Operations
August 24, 2016 PhilWeb Proposes Text Lottery
August 24, 2016 President Pushing for the Merger of State-Owned Gaming, Lottery Companies PAGCOR and PCSO
August 23, 2016 House Leader Pushes for Nationwide Expansion of Small Town Lottery Operations
July 27, 2016 Former and Current PCSO Chairs Face Graft Complaint Over Lottery Equipment Lease Deal
July 20, 2016 Philippine Supreme Court Dismiss Lottery Plunder Charges Against Former President
May 31, 2016 INTRALOT Signs Extension Contract in Philippines
May 15, 2016 President-elect Vows to Rid the Country of Illegal Lotteries and Other Forms of Illegal Gambling
May 1, 2016 Two More PCSO Sectors Work for ISO Certification
March 7, 2016 Lottery Office to Settle P3 Billion Tax Liabilities with Bureau of Internal Revenue
March 6, 2016 PCSO Chairman Wants to Consolidate Small Town Lottery Operations
February 29, 2016 Bureau of Internal Revenue Says DST Applies to All Lottery Games
February 22, 2016 Bureau of Internal Revenue Says DST Applies to All Lottery Games
February 22, 2016 Internal Revenue Clears PCSO on Tax Payment from Small Town Lottery Operations
February 15, 2016 Ombudsman Cites Sweepstakes Chairman for Misappropriating of Public Funds
February 10, 2016 Lottery Officials Face Charge of ‘Plunder’ for Allegedly Conspiring to Defraud the Government
February 5, 2016 Internal Revenue Clears Sweepstakes Office of Tax Liabilities
January 20, 2016 Government Assures Public of Lottery Office’s Financial Health
January 18, 2016 House Committee to Probe Gaming Firm Competing with Government Lottery


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