MANILA - The country’s quest for the gold in the forthcoming 2010 Asian Games got the needed boost as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) allotted five percent of its nationwide sales of the “Scratchit” tickets to Filipino athletes.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Harry Angping said the PCSO’s help is a big factor for the country’s preparation for the Asiad, where the Team Philippines is aiming to improve its four-gold performance in 2006 in Qatar.

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The “Scratchit” allocation is on top of the PSC’s five percent share of the annual PCSO’s gross revenue.

Pacific Online vice-president Roger Go said a total of P100 million worth of tickets has been distributed throughout the country as part of the “Go for Gold” promo, which was launched yesterday at the PSC lobby.

“The “Go for Gold” promo of the Scractchit is part of the PSC’s effort to raise fund for our athletes who will be bringing honor to our country,” said Angping during the launching.

He said the “Sratchhit” allotment is part of a long-term program of both the PSC and PCSO and will not only be limited to the Asian Games.

“It will stay as long as the PCSO is still there and as long as the PSC is still around,” added Angping, who was accompanied by PSC commissioner Eric Lorentizo.