How to Play Lotto: A Guide for Pinoy Bettors

How to Play Lotto 
How to Play Lotto 

How to play lotto – A guide for Pinoy lotto bettors, specifically beginners.

“Paano tumaya ng Lotto?” You’ll always hear this question from interested “Pinoy” lotto players who want to try their luck in the world of lottery games. Wonder no more! In this post, you will learn on how to play lotto the Filipino style.

Here in the Philippines, there are 5 Major “Pari-mutuel games,” namely Lotto 6/42, Mega Lotto 6/45, Super Lotto 6/49, Grand Lotto 6/55, and Ultra Lotto 6/58. The three-digit lottery games are the 6D and 4D Lotto. The fixed payout games include 3D Lotto (swertres) and 2D Lotto (EZ2 Lotto). Learn on How to Play Lotto in this article.

Before we dive into the procedure on how to play the lotto, please be reminded that all those who want to play must be aware of the following rules on How to Play Lotto :

  • You must be 18 years old or older to buy Lotto Tickets or claim your Lotto winnings.
  • The play amount is inclusive of a 20% Documentary Stamp Tax (DST)
  • Players are solely responsible for checking the accuracy of the data printed on your ticket(s), including bet type, amount, the draw date you want to enter, and the numbers you want to play.

How to Play the EZ2 Lotto (2D Lotto)

EZ2 lotto is a digit game and is very easy to play. It was initially offered to Luzon players in 2004 and became very popular and well-accepted that the PCSO made it a nationwide lotto game.

It is played daily, three times a day at 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, and 9:00 pm. This post will teach you how to play it, the ez2 lotto mechanics, how to claim prizes and many more.

EZ2 Lotto
EZ2 Lotto

EZ2 Play Slips: How to Play EZ2 Lotto Using the Card

This is how to play lotto EZ2 game:

  • Mark each relevant box with a vertical line. If there’s an error, mark the “void” box to indicate that the board is canceled
  • You win if the number combination you selected matches the drawn combination in exact order.
  • Standard Bet

Select and mark the number on each of the two (2) sets of 1 to 31 numbers on a section/panel. Mark also the amount on the AMT column. The minimum bet is Php10.00 per selection. If you’re lucky enough, you will receive P4,000.00

  • Rambolito Bet

Mark the “Rambolito” under the SYSBET. If you want to purchase at the combinations of your selected two numbers. The minimum bet is P10 for all combinations. There are two combinations. If you’re lucky enough, you will receive P2,000.00

  • Win More

Marking P20 on the amount column will double your prize, and marking P30 will triple your prize, etc.

  • Multiple Draws

Mark the appropriate box under DRAW. Marking three draws means the ticket is valid from the current and the successive two draws.

How to Play Swertres (3D Lotto)

3D Swertres is also a straightforward lotto game to play. If EZ2 was initially offered to Luzon players, Swertres was first introduced in Visayas and Mindanao area to battle the illegal numbers game.

It became popular enough that PCSO also decided to make it a nationwide game. Swertres is played daily, three times a day at 11 am, 4 pm, and 9 pm.

Swetres
Swetres

Swertres Play Slips: How to Play 3D Lotto Using the Card

This is how to play lotto Swertres game:

  • Under the SYS BET section, you have an option to mark (enable) “Rambolito” if you want to play the Swertres Lotto System bet.
  • The minimum play amount is PHP 12.00 per 3-number combination.
  • Select a 3-digit number combination, and the system will automatically permutate and generate all its possible combinations.
  • If the selected 3-digit combination has no repeating digits, e.g.123, the number of combinations generated will be six (6).
  • If the selected 3-digit combination has two (2) repeating digits, e.g., 122, the number of combinations generated will be three (3).
  • Lucky Pick is also available in the Rambolito System Play, but the option of repeating digits is not applicable.
  • In the “DRAW” section, you have an option to play in advance draws.
  • In playing via Advance Draws, mark how many consecutive draws you want to play in the DRAW panel.
  • You can play the same numbers and play type for six (6) consecutive draws. Pay Php12.00 for each play per draw.
  • Matching all your numbers with the winning combination in exact order gives you PHP 4,500.00 for every PHP 12.00 play.

How to Play the 4 Digit Game (4D Lotto)

4D Lotto was introduced on August 4, 1997, and uses a four-chambered Mega Gem, each drawing a digit from 0 to 9. To win, one must have at least the last two digits of the winning combination.

The chances of winning the 4-digit games are 1 out of 9,999 combinations which have better odds than the millions of combinations in the 6-number lotto games.

The minimum play is Php12.00 per 4-number game.

There are also different play types; choosing this plus the amount to be played will vary the winning prize money.

How much the player wins for the 1st prize category is on a pari-mutuel basis, dividing the allocated prize money equally among the winners. This game’s first prize Minimum Guaranteed Amount (MGA) is PHP 10,000.00.

4D Lotto
4D Lotto

4D Lotto Play Slips: How to Play 4D Lotto Using the Card

This is how to play lotto 4 Digit game:

One way to play the 4 Digit lotto is by standard play. Simply mark one (1) from 0 to 9 on each of  the 4 columns from 4 Digit play slip or you can use the Lucky Pick (LP).

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱10.00 from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Pick 4 numbers from 0 to 9. You can pick the same number multiple times.
  • Match all four numbers in exact order to win first prize.
  • You also win prizes by matching at least two numbers in exact order.

Players may opt to play the PERM; this play type is simply a straight play of all the possible arrangements (permutations) of the number. Here is the perm or “rambol” selection that you can play.

Roll 1 Bet for 4 Digit Game

Here’s what the 4-digit play slip says about the “Roll 1” bet:

Marking the “Roll 1” box means that the first digit ranging from 0 to 9 is to be generated by the central system to complement the selected last three digits thereby creating ten sets of numbers.

The bet amount marked is the value for each stage of numbers. So if the AMT selected is Php20 (php24 with tax), Roll 1 play costs 24×10 = Php240

Roll 4 Bet for 4 Digit Game

Marking the “Roll 4” box is similar to “Roll 1” bet except the Central System is to generate the last digit ranges from 0 to 9 to complement the selected first three digits.

How to Play 6D Lotto

6D Lotto is a game in traditional sweepstakes that draws six numbers from six orbits. In exact order, one must have at least the first or last three digits of the winning combination. The odds of winning are increased to 1 in 1,000,000. Originally it was played in Luzon areas only. But it was played nationwide since February 11, 2020.

6D Lotto
6D Lotto

6D Lotto Play Slips: How to Play 6D Lotto Using the Card

Here’s a more details on how to play lotto 6 Digit game:

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱10.00 (Php12 including the tax) from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Pick six numbers from 0 to 9.
  • Match all six numbers to win first prize.
  • You also win prizes by matching at least two numbers in exact order.
  • In a play slip, select one (1) number from 0 to 9 in each of the six columns in any panel.
  • Or simply tell the lotto teller your numbers and how much you want to play.
  • You can also go for the Lucky Pick (LP) if you do not have any numbers.
  • Ticket cost may vary based on the play amount marked.
  • Mark the desired play amount on the AMT column. The minimum play amount is PHP 12.00 per 6-number combination, but you may play more than Php12.00 per combination.
  • To play the same numbers for consecutive draws, just mark the number of draws you want to play in the DRAW panel. You can play 2 up to 6 consecutive draws.
  • If an error is made, mark the “VOID” box to indicate that the board is canceled and not to consider.
  • FIRST PRIZE amount starts at PHP 150,000.00, and if there is no FIRST PRIZE winner for a given draw, the FIRST PRIZE pool amount will be carried forward to the next draw (pari-mutuel*).

If there is more than one (1) FIRST PRIZE winner, the pool amount shall be divided among such winners in proportion to their bets (pari-mutuel*).

Each FIRST PRIZE winner is guaranteed to win PHP 150,000.00 for each bet of PHP 12.00.

How to Play Lotto 6/42 Game

Lotto 6/42 is the first online lotto the PCSO introduced in 1995. This is the flagship product, then. PCSO initially introduced this game in Luzon. There is also a separate game for “VisMin”.

The two draws were later combined into a nationwide one in 2005. Draws are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

6-42 Lotto
6-42 Lotto

Lotto 6/42 Play Slips: How to Play Lotto 6/42 Using the Card

6-45 Lotto

Here’s how to play lotto 6/42 game:

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱24.00 (Php24 with tax) from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Pick 6 numbers from 1 to 42.
  • Match all six numbers in any order to win the jackpot.
  • You also win prizes by matching at least three numbers in any order.

How to Play Megalotto  6/45 Game

Mega Lotto 6/45  was introduced as the nationwide lottery game in the Philippines and is considered to be a more improved version of the 6/42 draw.

6-45 Lotto
6-45 Lotto

Mega Lotto 6/45 Play Slips: How to Play Lotto 6/45 Using the Card

Here’s how to play lotto 6/45 game:

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱24.00 from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Pick and mark your chosen six numbers from 1 to 45.
  • Match all six numbers in any order to win the jackpot.
  • Consolation prizes are won by matching at least three numbers in any order.

How to Play Super Lotto 6/49 Game

Super Lotto 6/49 increases odds and makes winning more difficult than the previous two, this time with a lot of numbers ranging from 1 to 49. Draw mechanics are the same. You need to mark your chosen six numbers from numbers 1 to 49. Draws are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

6-49 Lotto
6-49 Lotto

Super Lotto 6/49 Play Slips: How to Play Lotto 6/49 Using the Card

Here’s how to play lotto 6/49 game:

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱24.00 from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Select by marking your chosen six numbers from 1 to 49.
  • Match all six numbers in any order to win the jackpot.
  • You also win prizes by matching at least three numbers in any order.

How to Play Grand Lotto 6/55 Game

Grand Lotto 6/55 was introduced in April 2010. Draw mechanics are the same as the previous three, but this time, the number lot is from 1 to 55. The Grand Lotto draw currently uses the more immense two-chamber Power Lotto Mega Gem. Its minimum jackpot is pegged at ₱30,000,000. Draws are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

6-55 Lotto
6-55 Lotto

Grand Lotto 6/55 Play Slips: How to Play Lotto 6/55 Using the Card

Here’s how to play lotto 6/55 game:

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱24.00 from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Mark your chosen six numbers from 1 to 55.
  • Match all six numbers in any order to win the jackpot.
  • You also win prizes by matching at least three numbers in any order.

How to Play Ultra Lotto 6/58 Game

Ultra Lotto 6/58 is the most recent lottery draw. It is a lotto game with the most significant initial jackpot payout amounting to Php50,000,000. Its first draw was on February 8, 2015. Draw mechanics are the same as with all other national lotto games, but this time, the number is from 1 to 58. The draw schedule is every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

6-58 Lotto
6-58 Lotto

Ultra Lotto 6/58 Play Slips: How to Play Lotto 6/58 Using the Card

Here’s how to play lotto 6/58 game:

  • Buy a ticket costing ₱24.00 from any PCSO lotto outlet.
  • Pick 6 numbers from 1 to 58.
  • Match all six numbers in any order to win the jackpot.
  • You also win prizes by matching at least three numbers in any order.

Where to Claim Prize/s

If you are the lucky one who wins any of the games mentioned above, here is how you claim your prize regardless of which game you won.

PRIZEVALIDATE AND CLAIM
* PHP 10,001.00 and up, excluding the Jackpot PrizePCSO Branch Offices in your area or at the PCSO Head Office, 
PHP 20.00 up to PHP 10,000Any authorized Lotto outlet or at the PCSO Branch Offices in your area

PCSO lotto tickets are available via authorized lotto outlets nationwide. Buying of tickets is from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm only. Major draws daily is scheduled at 9:00 pm.

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 Source: https://pcsoonlinelottoresults.com/how-to-play-lotto-in-the-philippines-pcso/

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