Once in danger of losing his house because he had no money to pay his debts, this former pipe line worker at the defunct National Waterworks and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) ultimately had the last laugh.
At one point, during a court hearing, a government lawyer mockingly told him that the only way he and his family could avoid eviction from their Caloocan City house and pay their debts—amounting to P300,000 at the time—was for him to win the lotto. He did just that.
The following Tuesday, he took home P45,049,768.20 for winning the jackpot in the MegaLotto 6/45 draw held on April 29.
The lone winner placed bets worth P30 and used the birth date of a grandchild and the “random pick” system to get the winning combination of 34-37-17-09-14-21.