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Official Investigates Lottery - And Wins It

September 16, 1990 GMT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ The official appointed by President Corazon Aquino to investigate alleged rigging of the government lottery won the top prize Sunday in a drawing televised to restore public confidence.

Retired Brig. Gen. Alfredo Lim, director of the National Bureau of Investigation, held the winning ticket in the weekly lottery worth $200,000, officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said.

Officials said Lim bought a book of 80 tickets while investigating allegations that the Sept. 1 drawing was rigged.

A judge and a lawyer who were involved in the Sept. 1 drawing have been arrested and the board of directors of the weekly sweepstakes resigned following the scandal.

Mrs. Aquino, however, refused to accept the resignations of the board members, who include Environment Secretary Fulgencio Factoran, Solicitor General Francisco Chavez and the wife of Health Secretary Alfredo Bengzon.

Unlike previous drawings, Sunday’s drawing was telecast live as part of the government’s effort to convince the public that the lottery is fair and honest.