Jose Rizal wins lottery jackpot prize in 1982, where did he use the money?
LOTTO JACKPOT PRIZE – What did Dr. Jose Rizal the money he won from the lottery jackpot prize in 1892?
José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino nationalist, writer and polymath who lived in the Philippines towards the end of the Spanish colonial era. He is revered as the national hero of the Philippines.
The Filipino national hero is best known for his novels Noli Me Tángere (1887) and El filibusterismo (1891). He was executed on December 30, 1896 because his novels exposed the cruelty of the Spanish people during the colonial era.
A few years ago, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) revealed that Dr. Jose Rizal was an avid lottery player and won the jackpot prize along with two other bettors in 1892.
According to the reports, the three win 20,000 pesos, equivalent to 2.5 million pesos in 2022. Rizal won 6,200 pesos as his share of the jackpot in the draw during his exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Rizal gave 2,000 pesos to his father and 200 pesos to his friend Jose Basa in Hong Kong. With the remaining part of the money, the hero bought agricultural land along the coast of Talisay as an investment.
He also used the money to build infrastructure such as schools, clinics and houses in Dapitan. From that point on, replicas of these infrastructures can be seen throughout the city.
However, the Spanish government confiscated Rizal’s possessions and other possessions as compensation after he passed away.
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