PCSO closes small town lottery in Negros

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Saturday, February 11, 2012


THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through its chair Margarita Juico confirmed that Small Town Lottery (STL) will be stopped in Negros Occidental effective February 15 and will be replaced with Loterya Ng Bayan (LNB).

This after Liza Gabuyo, PCSO OIC Assistant General Manager for On Line Lottery, confirmed Friday that Super Lucky Beaglers Inc. has committed major violations of the rules and regulations of the PCSO in running the STL in the province.

“Major violations committed by Super Lucky Beaglers include under remittances of the PCSO and local government unit shares from STL proceeds and non-use of the prescribed (PCSO) tickets, among others,” Gabuyo revealed.

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The violations were discovered during the conduct of an audit on the book of accounts of STL operators by the special audit team formed by PCSO, Gabuyo added.

Such violations by the STL operators are reportedly the basis for PCSO’s revocation of its franchise to operate in the provinces like in Negros.

“The same violations were noted also in other areas,” Gabuyo said.

A source privy to a certain Boy Jalandoni’s Super Lucky Beagler’s STL operation alleged that the numbers game earnings reach P142 million every month all over the province but Jalandoni allegedly declares only P11 million earnings every month.

The source said Jalandoni is allegedly shortchanging the government and even dared the PCSO to conduct an honest to goodness audit on STL.

The illegal operation of bookies for STL is also alleged to be part of the shortchanging, as its income is not declared to PCSO.

Moreover, PCSO allegedly failed to monitor the actual goings on with STL because of the alleged connivance of some of its personnel with the STL operator.

PCSO has also reportedly withdrawn the authority of Iloilo Small Town Lottery Gaming Corporation (ISTLGC) to conduct daily draws for STL in Iloilo province.

Like in Iloilo, the operator of Beaglers had also committed other violations on the implementing rules and regulations of PCSO, which required them to submit under oath the periodic sales, deductions, commissions, remittance, prizes that are actually disbursed, cost of operations and other operating expenses, the source explained.

Rampant illegal STL operations or bookies which are allegedly shielded by Beaglers was also confirmed by an official of the Philippine National Police in the region, who also asked not be identified.

It is a big lie for Beaglers to just declare a daily gross of P1 million throughout its province wide operation, stressing that in the city of Silay, Himamaylan and Kabankalan alone, it generates an estimated of P1.3 million in gross sales, the source further alleged.

He stressed that if Beaglers include remittances from Binalbagan, Cadiz, Escalante, Manapla, Valladolid, Talisay City, Victorias, EB Magalona among others, the gross revenue it will generate will not be less than P4.3 million daily.

STL conducts three draws daily at its headquarters in Silay City.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 11, 2012.

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