History of Philippine Lotto

English Lottery 1566 Scroll. Courtesy Wikipedia.
Lottery in the Philippines started in the 1850s. Dr. Jose Rizal won P6,000 from lotto in September 1892. He spent one-third of it to build a house in Calamba.

In 1995, Manuel Morato, then chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office , revived the lottery games in the Philippines with the aim to increase more funds for the PCSO's charity programs. The current lottery started with only the Lotto 6/42 game. It's very first draw was on March 8, 1995. The winning number combination was 4, 20, 22, 30, 34, and 38. Today, Philippine Lotto also includes Grandlotto 6/55, Superlotto 6/49, and Megalotto 6/45.

Early history of the lottery is said to have started in China during the Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 B.C.  You can read a wider scope of the history of lottery in the world at Wikipedia.