PCSO E-lotto: How to buy tickets online?

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How to buy tickets online: Introduction

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been operating lottery games in the Philippines since 1935. They offer a wide range of popular games like Lotto, Swertres Lotto, 6/42 Lotto, Mega Lotto 6/45, and many more.

In recent years, PCSO launched their E-Lotto app platform, allowing players to conveniently purchase lottery tickets online through their website or mobile app. This provides a number of benefits compared to buying in person at a PCSO outlet:

  • Convenience – tickets can be purchased anytime, anywhere through the app or website. No need to visit a physical outlet.
  • Avoid long queues – Buying online avoids having to wait in long lines at busy outlets. Tickets can be purchased instantly.
  • Access to more games – The E-Lotto platform provides access to PCSO’s full suite of lottery products. Some smaller outlets may only sell a limited selection of games.
  • Secure payment – Payment can be made directly through the app or website via credit card, debit card, online banking and other secure options. No need to carry cash to an outlet.
  • Ticket tracking – Players can view and track all purchased tickets within the app or website. Provides record keeping and transparency.
  • Prize tracking – Winning numbers and prize results are instantly updated in the app and account. Players can immediately check if they have winning tickets.

Buying E-Lotto tickets online through the PCSO website or app provides a simple, convenient way to play official PCSO lottery games from anywhere in the Philippines. The rest of this guide will walk through the step-by-step process of purchasing tickets online.

Sign Up for a PCSO E-lotto Online Account

The first step to buying PCSO lottery tickets online is to sign up for a PCSO online account. This account allows you to securely purchase tickets through the PCSO website and mobile app.

To sign up:

  • Go to the PCSO website. Look for and click the “Sign Up” button, usually found at the top right corner of the homepage.
  • This will open the sign up page. Fill in the required details like your name, contact information, and create a password.
  • Make sure to enter valid details as you will need to verify your account through email. Enter your email address carefully.
  • Agree to the terms of service and click Sign Up.
  • Check your email inbox for a verification link sent by PCSO. This is usually sent within a few minutes. Click on the link to verify your email address.
  • After email verification, your PCSO online account is registered and ready to use! You can now log in with your details anytime.

Download the PCSO E-Lotto App

Downloading the PCSO E-Lotto app is easy and only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iOS device or the Google Play Store on your Android device. You can find these in your list of apps.
  2. In the search bar, type “PCSO E-Lotto”. This will bring up the official PCSO E-Lotto app.
  3. Tap on the PCSO E-Lotto app icon. This will take you to the app’s page.
  4. Tap “Get” or “Install” to download the app.
  5. Once downloaded, you can open the app from your home screen like any other app.

That’s it! Within just a few taps, you’ll have the official PCSO E-Lotto app installed on your device. The app provides a convenient way to buy lottery tickets on the go.

Log Into the App

To log into the PCSO E-Lotto app, simply open the app on your device and you will see the login screen.

  • Tap on the text input field for Username and enter the username for your PCSO online account that you created earlier.
  • Then tap on the text input field for Password below and enter the password for your PCSO account.
  • Once you have entered your correct username and password, tap the Log In button.
  • This will log you into the app so you can access the ticket purchasing screens and buy lottery tickets online.
  • If you have trouble logging in, double check that you are entering the right username and password combination. You can reset your password via the PCSO website if needed.

To navigate to the ticket buying section of the PCSO E-Lotto app, simply follow these steps:

  • From the main menu of the app, tap on the “Tickets” tab at the bottom. This will take you to the Tickets section.
  • Once you are in the Tickets section, tap on the large “Buy Tickets” button near the top of the screen.
  • Tapping this button will take you to the ticket purchasing page where you can select the lottery game, pick your numbers, and complete your ticket purchase.
  • The Buy Tickets page allows you to buy tickets for all the major PCSO lottery games including Lotto 6/42, Mega Lotto 6/45, Super Lotto 6/49, Grand Lotto 6/55, Ultra Lotto 6/58 and 3D Lotto.
  • Make sure you are on the Buy Tickets page before proceeding to select your game and numbers. This is the main page to purchase your E-Lotto tickets.

Select a Game

When you navigate to the “Buy Tickets” section of the PCSO E-Lotto app, you’ll be presented with a list of available lotto games to choose from. The most popular games offered are:

  • 6/42 Lotto – This is the original nationwide lotto game in the Philippines. You pick 6 numbers from 1-42. To win the jackpot, you need to match all 6 numbers. There are also smaller prizes for matching 3, 4, or 5 numbers.
  • 6/55 Grand Lotto – This game has a bigger jackpot prize. You choose 6 numbers from 1-55. Match all 6 to win the jackpot. Partial number matches win smaller prizes.
  • 6/58 Ultra Lotto – Currently the game with the biggest jackpot prize. Pick 6 numbers from 1-58 and match all to hit the jackpot. It has some of the biggest jackpot prizes awarded.
  • 4-Digit Game – In this game you pick 4 numbers from 0-9 and match in exact order to win prizes. It has multiple draws daily.
  • 6-Digit Game – Pick 6 numbers from 0-9 and match in exact order to win. Also has multiple draws per day.
  • STL (Small Town Lottery) – This is a regional lottery game with separate draws in different regions of the Philippines. You pick 3 or 2 numbers depending on the specific STL game.

So when buying a ticket on the PCSO E-Lotto app, you’ll first select which of these lottery games you want to play. The 6/42 Lotto is the most commonly played, but you can choose any game. Just tap on the game you want and you’ll then move on to picking your numbers.

Pick Numbers

To pick numbers for your ticket, simply tap the numbers on the screen to select them. The numbers you select will be highlighted.

You can select up to 6 numbers from 1 to 55 for most lottery games. Make sure you pick the right amount of numbers for the specific game.

If you want the numbers to be randomly generated for you, tap the “Quick Pick” button at the bottom and the app will automatically select random numbers.

The quick pick option is a fast and easy way to get your ticket numbers without having to manually choose them. Some people believe using quick pick gives them better luck since the numbers are truly random.

Once you’ve finished selecting your numbers, either manually or via quick pick, review them to make sure they are correct. Then tap “Add to Cart” to continue to the next step of paying for your ticket.

Confirm Ticket Details

Before paying, carefully review the ticket details to ensure everything is correct. This includes:

  • Game Type – Make sure you have selected the right game (e.g. 6/42 Lotto, 6/55 Grand Lotto, etc.).
  • Numbers Picked – Double check the numbers you selected. Read them carefully and confirm they are the numbers you want to play for this draw.
  • Number of Tickets – Verify the quantity of tickets being purchased. Buying multiple tickets increases your chances of winning.
  • Ticket Cost – Review the total cost of your ticket purchase. This is based on the game type, number of tickets, and any additional features like EZ2 Surebet.
  • Bet Type – Confirm your bet type is correct (e.g. Straight, Rambol, System). Each has different rules for winning prizes.
  • Prize Breakdown – Scan the prize breakdown chart to understand the prizes at each matching level.

Take a minute to carefully review all ticket details. Make any changes needed by using the edit buttons. It’s important everything is right before moving forward with payment. This will avoid any mistakes and ensure you receive the tickets you want.

Pay for the Ticket

To pay for your PCSO E-Lotto ticket, you’ll need to select a payment method and enter your payment details.

Select payment method

In the PCSO E-Lotto app, after confirming your ticket details, you’ll be prompted to select a payment method. The available options are:

  • Credit/Debit Card – Select this to pay with a Visa, MasterCard, or any major credit or debit card.
  • PayMaya – Choose this option if you want to pay directly from your PayMaya account.
  • Over-the-Counter – Pick this to pay in cash at any authorized PCSO outlet. You’ll receive a reference number to bring to the outlet.
  • GCash – Select GCash if you want to pay directly from your GCash wallet.

Enter details and confirm

After choosing a payment method, you’ll need to enter the required details.

For credit/debit cards, you’ll enter your card number, expiration date, and CVV code.

For PayMaya and GCash, you’ll enter your account username or mobile number.

Double check that all details entered are correct before confirming your payment. The amount will be deducted from your selected payment method.

Once payment is successful, you’ll receive a confirmation message and official receipt via email. Your ticket is now entered into the draw.

Get Confirmation

After you complete payment, you will receive an on-screen confirmation that your ticket has been purchased. This confirmation will include details like the date, game, ticket number, and your selected numbers.

You can view your purchased ticket again later in the “My Tickets” section of the app. This keeps a record of all your purchased tickets so you can look back and check your numbers whenever needed.

The app will also send you an email confirmation to the address associated with your PCSO account. This email will contain the same ticket details for your records.

With the on-screen confirmation and email record, you can rest assured knowing your ticket has been successfully purchased for the next draw. You no longer have to go to a physical lotto outlet to buy tickets. The PCSO E-Lotto app makes it quick and easy to buy official lottery tickets online.

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