PCSO loses out to illegal operators

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has vowed to clamp down on illegal gambling after discovering that it is losing almost a third of its revenue in its small-town lottery business to illegal operations.

The PCSO earns P1.1 billion ($21.4 million) monthly from its STL operation, a PCSO lottery game intended to counter the popularity of jueteng, an illegal-numbers game in the Luzon area. That figure would be 30 percent higher were it not for the illegal operations, local media reports.

The STL was initially launched in 2005, but has now been expanded to cover 75 operators nationwide. The PCSO allocates 30 percent of income from lottery games to charity.