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How to Franchise a Lotto Outlet in the Philippines
If you'd like to start a worthwhile business, why not invest and franchise your own lottery outlet?
In this article, you'll learn the cost, requirements, and how much you would earn from franchising a lotto outlet in the Philippines.
If you want to open a lotto booth in the Philippines, you have to follow some very strict requirements since it's a profitable business.
For an individual, you must:
- Be a Filipino citizen
- Have no criminal record
- Be at least 21 years old
For a corporation, you must submit the necessary documents which will be discussed further down in this article. It's also recommended that you find a good location for your lotto booth—preferably one that is crowded.
Start Your Lotto Franchise
I was in a lotto outlet the other day and a thought struck me. How much have I spent betting in the lottery? Is it worth it? Until now, it hasn't been. But I thought that perhaps there’s a way to break even. Then I got the idea to franchise a lotto outlet.
Before you open your lotto franchise, you should understand that it’s not really a franchise. I’m talking about the PCSO lottery here. It’s a Filipino non-profit organization, for goodness' sake. So you can be sure they'll never open up their brand for franchising—I’d bet on that. However, they do let anyone be a lotto agent.
Now, let’s talk about being a lotto agent and its requirements.
You (the agent) will provide the location of the lotto booth, so you'll have to cover all costs such as the rent, lease, or sale of a building, including construction, electricity, phone connections and all other site-related costs.
You’re under an agency contract, so you won't pay a huge amount for using the trademarks and brand name. You’re only required to pay for these three things:
- A processing fee
- An installation fee
- A surety bond
That’s pretty much of it. Let’s say you have your own site already. Opening a lotto outlet will only cost you around 30,000 to 50,000 PHP depending on your Surety Bond insurance option.
If you don’t have a site yet, you’re likely to spend below 500,000 PHP. So you will have to invest a good amount at the start of your lotto adventure.
Revenues and Profit
How much will you earn? This is a very frequent question. Being an agent will give you 4.5 to 5 percent from the gross sales. The higher your sales, of course, the higher your revenue. PCSO will also grant you a percentage of a winning bet from your outlet with a maximum of 500,000 PHP, depending on the jackpot winning prize. How cool is that!
As a business, you have to consider overhead expenses such as electricity, wages of employees, rent, and other costs you incur with your booth. The only things the PCSO will provide for free are the tickets, the terminal hardware and software, the printed materials, and other paraphernalia.
To make the most money, you need to choose the a good location, which means a crowded place and a busy commercial area.
PCSO Official Requirements
The requirements for online lotto agents are listed below, including the steps for application. They are retrieved from the PCSO official website.
Applicant must be:
- A Filipino citizen
- At least 21 years old
Individual applicants must accomplish and submit:
- Three (3) latest ID pictures (2 x 2)
- Three (3) latest ID pictures (2 x 2) of spouse
- A letter of intent
- An on-line lottery personal data sheet
- Proof of income (see below)
If you're self employed, you must also submit:
- An Income Tax Return
- Registration of Business
- Audited Financial Statements
If you're not self-employed, you must submit:
- An Income Tax Return
- Registration of Business Audited Financial Statements
- Certificate of Income
Required Proof of Ownership or Lease of Outlet Location
If you are an individual applying to be a lottery agent, here is what you need to supply in order to prove you have the right to use the proposed location.
For the owner:
- Land title or TCT
For the lessee:
- Notarized contract of lease
- Building owner's authorization form
For both an Owner and a Lessee
- NBI clearance (current)
- Brgy clearance (personal record) sketch or location map of the proposed agency site
- Photograph of the vicinity
- Photograph of the building
- Photograph of the interior
If you are applying on behalf of a corporation, here is what you'll need to submit:
- Bio-data of corporate officers and directors
- Photocopy of S.E.C registration
- Photocopy of articles of incorporation
- Photocopy of by-laws
- Latest audited financial statement
- I.T.R. for the immediately preceding year
- Letter of intent
- Contract of lease
- Building owner’s authorization sketch
- Location map of the proposed agency site
- Photograph of the vicinity
- Photograph of the building
- Photograph of the interior
The Agency Site Requirements
The applicant must make sure that the proposed agency site complies with the following criteria:
- The building must be 100 meters away from schools, places of learning, and places of worship, subject to PCSO's policies and existing rules, except when the location is enclosed or a shopping center.
- The location must have good foot traffic, i.e. be situated in commercial or busy intersections and areas. The location of the terminal or booth should be strategic if within a mall or superstore.
- The area must not flood.
- It must have a floor space of 8-9 sq. meters or available business counter measuring at least 1.0 m X 0.5 m
- Preferably, the facility must have at least one (1) telephone facility, landline or cellular, for hotline operations. The said telephone (especially a landline) should be situated no more than one (1) meter away from the proposed terminal location.
- The area must be enclosed (for security purposes) but have frontage from human traffic and entry. Frontage must face the main road or the direction of major traffic flow. In the case of shopping malls, shopping centers or superstores, the location need not be enclosed provided there is store security, especially after store hours.
- Facility must have floor space and proper ventilation (preferably air-conditioned).
- There must be regular power supply of 220 VAC, with grounding and available power point/s.
- Facility must have available shelf, counter, or cabinet for terminal installation, modem and storage of lottery materials. If not currently available, the agent will be advised on when to fabricate.
- There must be operators available for training in the operation of the terminals — preferably one dedicated personnel and a back-up personnel per terminal. This agent will be advised on when the operators will be trained.
- The major operating hours of the terminal will fall within 7:00AM - 8:30PM, seven (7) days a week.
- The facility must be at least 100 meters away from any existing lotto outlet which shall be subject to PCSO's governing rules, which are as follows:
- National Capital Region — 100M
- Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region — 200 - 250M
- Northern and Central Luzon — 200 - 250M
Approved technical site survey by carrier.
It's a Serious Business
Being a lotto agent is a serious business. Keep in mind that you’re going to be affiliated with the PCSO (Philippines Charity Sweepstake Office, ahem . . . the government).
You should know your rights and your responsibilities since you have to be in compliance with your agreement no matter what.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Comments (Post in English Please)
carmelita on August 29, 2020:
I'm OFW I'm very interested for this business ..
Ulysses sican on July 22, 2020:
Im very interested for this business.
sonia g baldomar on June 06, 2020:
I am interested to put a lotto outlet .. may i know how to process the requirements . I have already an outlet along the highway and no outlet of lotto here .Please give me an advice regarding about being an agent of lotto.Thank you very much!
Eliezel S. Whigan on October 09, 2019:
I am interested to a lotto outlet..may i ask if how it is and how much?
Billy on December 10, 2018:
Is this profitable? If 5percent comm. On sales You have to sell about 500k to get 25k a month. If rent is 20k you only have 5k left?
marcos v gozun on October 08, 2018:
thanks for the info. I'm interested to apply. tnx.
DIOSDADO G. MAQUILING.JR. on October 03, 2018:
I want to open a lotto outlet a have a place infront of public market owned by me, How to apply and where my address is public market poblacion bagumbayan, sultan kudarat and how much? Thank you.
ELLENOR TASONG on September 06, 2018:
I HAVE ONLY 300K ON HAND. CAN BE A QUALIFIED TO HAVE A LOTTO OUTLET? I HAVE A LOCATION.
Romeo Mandap on July 08, 2018:
mam/sir why do we need to give cash bond? thank u
Lornz on April 25, 2018:
Hi! your post is very helpful. what department of PCSO to transact? Do they have a list of locations that are feasible for additional Lotto Outlet in case your target location is not possible? Thank you for having your response very soon.
Mercy alindajao on April 11, 2018:
Louie L on November 29, 2017:
What if im self employed i make money thru blogging, i have the capital, but i have no ITR because "google adsense" (the one who gives me income/money thru blogging) doesn't issue any of those.. How is it possible
Vhic Mabutin on November 06, 2017:
Why we need 300k for starting lotto outlet. If I have 100k can i go for it?
Tita on October 10, 2017:
Why is pcso lotto agents dont pay business permits anymore in the municipality where their lotto center is located?
Melita Cruz on July 13, 2017:
Please for clarification. Is there a need to file income tax for the commission to be earned?
Iana on May 17, 2017:
Hi Anna were you able to figure out kung pwede mag transfer ng details of franchise once maibenta mo na ang outlet? Anu ang process? Interested here to put up a lotto outlet. Someone is selling his lotto outlet to me. Hope you can help. Thank you!
Ronald Batan on July 23, 2016:
i can afford 5ok .. can u give more info how to start this kind of business? kindly pm im interested with this..my email firstname.lastname@example.org
mcdowell on July 23, 2016:
im interested to have a lotto outlet. can anyone provide information on how much you will earn in having a lotto outlet. thanks.
angie on February 04, 2016:
hi, good day, im interested to put up a lotto outlet, how much is the surety bond and cash bond, we need? if the agent give up , can he or she get her money back in full?
marissa on February 04, 2016:
my cousin in law sell his lotto outlet to me, until now we haven't transfer it to my name, then suddenly he called the pcso and blocked our outlet. what can i do in this situation? can i transfer the outlet to my name since he sold it to me?
Sudhir from India on November 27, 2015:
hi im interested in lotto outlet there in philippines so tell me i can start my business there or not or yah i hve a philippino partner so tell me how i start my business there or what requirment u want form me
ajie on August 26, 2015:
gusto ko pong mag franchise ng lotto pano po ang unang gagawin ko dto po sa binan laguna,
alice on June 30, 2015:
did you mention about the surety bond, how much is the specific amount of processing fee etc
email@example.com on March 15, 2015:
im interested to put up a lotto outlet in our municipality i already have a space for the lotto outlet. I would like more information in how to franchise ,if that the right word to use, a lotto outlet and what are requirements and expenses and projected daily monthly income. Thank you for your assistance on this matter. hope to hear from you.
marlowe on March 10, 2015:
Im presently working abroad OFW, Iim interested to buy a francise lotto outlet in Romblon province..I have already a lot for the outlet..please advise..firstname.lastname@example.org
Cris Cabral on March 08, 2015:
I am OFW and planning to become a lotto agent in our place in las pinas city. I prefer to have an outlet in mall coz a lot of people going and buying lotto tickets there with good environment. I will be going on vacation soon and I would like to start this kind of business and if this will click plan to have another outlet.
email@example.com on January 27, 2015:
magkano po gagastusin para magka lotto outlet.. from pampanga..
ronel muring on January 26, 2015:
Hi,,good day!from cagayan de oro city po,gusto ko po sana mag open ng lotto outlet..30k to 50k lang makapagstart na ako?please send me more info..ito po facebook acount ko..firstname.lastname@example.org
novel cerilo on January 06, 2015:
gd am sir isa akong ofw nais kung magbukas ng isang lotto outlet ,,ilan bang lahat na kailangan kung amout ung lahat lahat na hanggang sa maka pag start ako ng lotto outlet ang email ko po ay email@example.com ,,,thank you hope you repply my querry
pjsun on December 20, 2014:
Hi, I read about being a lotto agent will cost only 30-50k only if that is so I am much will to apply. Our place is located at Virgen ANda bohol.
socelyn on November 11, 2014:
hi,im interested lotto outlet in las pinas bf resort its true na 30 to 50 k lang ?if in my house po paano near in new barangay2 pls send me more info.09289420222 my number
tin on November 03, 2014:
hi, interested poh ako n magkaroon ng lotto outlet anywhere in imus cvite Please help me...and here's my number 092782358 & 09183056624
sherwin on October 17, 2014:
30 to 50k lng my lotto outlet nq?pls send me details firstname.lastname@example.org i want put up loot outlet here's my number 09323305666
c orena on October 14, 2014:
How to apply. W where to apply I'm from Bohol here is my phone09204312159''thanks
jemmalyn pido on October 14, 2014:
hi im jemmalyn ask ko lang po sana how much po lahat ang bayad if mag open ako ng lotto outlet be a agent pakisend nalang po sakin sa email ko email@example.com thanks po
rex on July 30, 2014:
Im intrsted to be an agent lotto outlet,how many months the approval if all papers ay na passd kona?
jhelle on July 04, 2014:
hello! im jhelle, im here now in korea but i am interested to be a lotto agent, could you help me understand more about putting up a lotto outlet, like approximation of how much the total cost..and is it possible for me to be an agent even though im not in the phil? firstname.lastname@example.org thats my yahoomail.. ill be really thankful if you'll response..thankyou so much.
Marites deleon from Baguio City on July 04, 2014:
tess deleon gsto ko po sana mag karuon ng lotto outlet isa po akong caretaker sana po ma2lungan nyo po ako para mapaaral ko ung mga anak ko. kau lang po ang pag asa ko sasalamat... #09192621862 d2 sa bakakeng baguio cty.gdbless!!!
rose delovino on June 16, 2014:
my father wants to be a lotto agent.
pls.tell me how to apply.
and we decided to open the outlet at kiko caloocan near in the market.
and luckily we found one place,maybe mabilis nlng po ma approve un kc dati n xiang lottery outlet.
nag pulled out lng ung may ari kc linipat nla sknla.
pls pls.tell me how to apply,willing to start as soon as possible.
Bambino on June 04, 2014:
Saang location yong lotto outlet mo. can you give me your number
Tnx a lot.
alicia a. lopez on June 02, 2014:
in preparation for my retirement yr 2016 i would like to apply for an agent/franchise outlet in our place Poblacion Occidental , valencia bohol..my email ad is email@example.com cel fone no is 0943 664 2371..THANKS..
jun lateo on April 27, 2014:
Na retrenched po ako sa work at s palagay k d n po ako makakapasok p dahil overage n po ako lotto outlet po sana ang gagawin kong pagkakakitaan sana po ay matulungan nyo ako salamat po.
Sesinando A. Petalcorin on April 21, 2014:
I am an OFW but as of now our company terminated my services. So I'm planning to try to put up a lotto outlet here in Talakag, Bukidnon. I want
to inquire how much I need to put up these business. Thanks , God Bles.
My email address firstname.lastname@example.org and my mobile no.
Clarissa guinto on April 05, 2014:
Hi I just only want to know how can really franchise to this lotto outlet and really how much need to build this business or the cost.
thor49 on March 14, 2014:
I am an OFW still working here in Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...I am very much interested to open up business or to have a franchise in PCSO Lottery,,, I want to have franchise for a lotto outlet down there in my hometown Bato,Camarines Sur...there is one lotto outlet there ongoing and is it possible for me to open one outlet since my house location is just at the business center of our town and have already booth to be renovate for an outlet...please contact me to my email address email@example.com and mobile number +966559681786...thanks,hope to hear from you..
Gina on March 09, 2014:
hi am interested in opening a lotto outlet here in cavite city, can you email the steps how to open an outlet, how much should i invest to open an outlet, wala po akong trabaho ngayon,pero may sapat akong ipon para makapag tayo ng sariling outlet... my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will wait for your response thank you.
kristina on March 04, 2014:
im interested to become a lotto agent.please email me
Dhoodz on March 02, 2014:
\good day i am willing to put up business lotto agent pls give me how much my invest and how i start salamat...
julie m hernandez on February 24, 2014:
How much all the cost to become a lotto agent...pls call me 09056660994
ylsa on February 02, 2014:
i just want to have a lotto outlet since january 2013 but sad to know that until now is still close for NCR. Why, it's been for a while, please open it. Thanks
REY ANTHONY C. DEL ROSARIO on January 20, 2014:
hi! good evening ! i want to be a lotto agent here in davao city , can you help me ! how can I apply ?
johnton wilfred diaz on January 19, 2014:
willing to be authorize lotto agent....
sergie anthony m. carlos on January 18, 2014:
just want to know, yung exact amount for the franchise? 50k lang ba? ok lang ba kung sa house ko lagay yung outlet? thanks
ronie on January 11, 2014:
open na po ba mag franchise ng lotto?
pete malabanan on January 05, 2014:
gusto ng sister ko ng magkaroon ng looto outlet who works in london. Pano po ba magkakaroon nito. Anu-ano ang mga dapat gawin? I hope you can posts your answers to my querries. tnx po.
michelle rovera on January 05, 2014:
gusto sana naming mgapply sa pcso pra sa lotto outlet my place n kmi dto sa Sta Rosa Laguna mgkano kya ang magiging surety
edith s. bueno on December 05, 2013:
I want to open a lotto outlet. I Just graduated from my 3 terms as a barangay officials last month, Nov. 30 which is the source of my income. As such I am jobless for now so I cannot produce any proof of income as one of the requirements. What can I do about this?
I intend to locate the lotto outlet in a stall at a public market. The stall belongs to the municipal government who keeps the copy of the lease contract and would not allow us to obtain a copy. Is there any substitute for this requirement?
I hope you can post your answers to my querries in this page. Thank you.
girlie bautista on November 06, 2013:
pwde nyo po b ko i email or itxt po pra po s mga details thank you po
Rommel Par on November 02, 2013:
Planning na mag karoon ng lotto outlet. can you give me a detail preferences location in sariaya, tayabas quezon.
Aaronfire98@yahoo.com on October 08, 2013:
Hi ,is there any lotto outlet for sale in metro Manila would like to purchase one can you please e mail me back Leo de Castro salamat po.
Sim Calatrava on September 12, 2013:
Hi, I just want to ask if how many outlets allowed to open or franchised of one person? thanks
email@example.com on June 06, 2013:
My wife is an OFW we are planning to have a Lotto Outlet, can you give us an idea how much its cosst and how to be a lotto agent.
charlie zapanta on May 28, 2013:
papano ko makakoha ng tel number ng lotto uotlet
jayson on May 07, 2013:
pano nmn ang ofw? may chances po ba?
nenita cuarte rivera on April 29, 2013:
pls tell me where in bacolod city,negros occidental i will go to talk or transact to become a lotto agent,i am very ready and willing to be a lotto agent,and pls give me a contact numbers to whom i will call,i will call first before i go make the transaction of being a lotto agent,thank you very much
the thinker on April 17, 2013:
im want to try lotto business. what i want is i will buy an existing outlet. what are the process of acquiring it?
Edwin A Detera Jr on April 16, 2013:
I am interest with Lotto Franchising or Lotto Agent, the requirement is quite easy and attainable. Ang tanong ko lang po ay paano po ang proseso ng pag apply as Lotto Agent, Saan po ito pwede (kung pwede po on line? or personal sa PCSO mag apply?), Sino po ang mga pwedeng pag tanungan? Mga ilang Araw, Lingo o kaya buwan ang proseso? at mga magkano po ang initial capital. Maraming salamat po. SSg Edwin A Detera Jr ODIG, 2ID, PA Camp Capinpin, Tanay Rizal
michelle sevilla on April 02, 2013:
Hello po .can we have your number ?
Gusto ko lang sana itanong kung magkano and panu po magkaroon ng lotto outlet.
evangeline hallare on February 05, 2013:
im an ex OFW and as of now i don't have any job.Im willing to have this francise. pls submit all the requirements for OFW bcoz we don't have income tax return. pls. e mail me... firstname.lastname@example.org. thank you ...
starfall zone on January 14, 2013:
the article was helpful and great job to know more about it. I really love to try the business, but i need to know the right bond and the daily, weekly and monthly income. HOpe somebody can provide. email me at email@example.com
mhark on December 15, 2012:
yung surety bond ba ay ibabalik if in case mag give up?
kung 4.5% yung income, sa 100 minimum persons daily, meron ka lang 90php? kulang pang pampasahod...:(
mhark on December 15, 2012:
how long is the ROI?
angeline villanueva on December 10, 2012:
hi iam interested in opening a lotto outlet here in sta cruz manila, can you email the steps how to open an outlet, how much should i invest to open an outlet, i don't have an income tax return since iam don't have work right now but i have sustainable savings to put up a business. my emai address is firstname.lastname@example.org. i will be waiting for your reply thank you.
AURORA B. FAYTAREN on November 28, 2012:
Good day, we are planning to put up a lotto outlet here in Batangas, may we know how much is the bond and if we have submitted all the requirements needed, how long will it take to be approved. Thanks
You can get in touch with my at my sun number 09228379444
alex on November 15, 2012:
hi tanong ko panu pag walang income tax return so means walang bang chance mag ka lotto agent ? and d po ba pwdi pcso mag provide ng pl;ace para d ma reject ng pcso ang lugar na napili namin? or pwdi naman may charge sa pag provide ng place ang pcso ?
ana matulungan nyo po ako tnx eto contact no. 0917-512-1518
Jay on October 31, 2012:
Hi is there anybody selling there lotto outlet? please let us know we're interested to have one, please call us or txt at this number 0915 4783250
email@example.com on October 21, 2012:
Hi,,im willing to be a PCSO lotto agent how much all cost
maeda on October 13, 2012:
hi..would anyone in there guide me in putting up lotto outlet I am very interested but i do not know how.e mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Faye on September 29, 2012:
Good Day! Im really interested of opening a lotto outlet. Wala akung work. Pero, I have remittances from US everymonth, And I can start a lotto outlet as long as i can. If anyone are selling their outlet in Q.C. Please let me know. Thanks and god bless...
Here is my contac. 09164828254
aurora on September 22, 2012:
how much is the amount of franchising a lotto outlet?
jersey on September 10, 2012:
hi gusto ko po malaman kung san pwede machek ung lahat ng location ng mga lotto outlet,gusto po sana namin mag-franchise and naghahanap po kmi ng magandang spot.thanks
jenny on September 02, 2012:
willing po aq na maging agent ng lotto. wla po aq work pero may pera nman po aq na pang start q. sana po help me. Pls. contact me 09103860478
email@example.com on August 31, 2012:
am very much interested become an agent of PCSO, pleas kindly assist me step by step? hoping your guidance!!! THANK YOU
HERE MY CONTACT NO.: 0926-353-4459
radical 16 on August 25, 2012:
hi im darling from lapu lau cebu city...can you help us we and my husband planning to make an lotto outlet...
i saw finished lotto both in cebu city how much is it cost??? 09192446829 can you help us pls
Susana on August 20, 2012:
Gusto ko po sanang malaman kung pwede pong maging agent ng lotto ang native born na chinese.
Please reply po sa po sa sa cp 0917-7158038.
Airies on August 16, 2012:
Can I get your contact details. I am interested of opening lotto outlet.
Hoping to hear from you the soonest..
josie on July 26, 2012:
where i can past the requirements for lotto franchising?
Julie Paz on July 21, 2012:
me and my brother are interested din. planning to put up in Cag de Oro City..please let me know any detaisl about it.. I cant go to PCSO pa cause of my work sched. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
enricolagac on June 28, 2012:
im willing po, wala po akong trabaho ngayon,pero may sapat akong ipon para makapag tayo ng sariling outlet help naman po,ito po no. q 355-26-28 tnx po hoping
Mary Ann M Malaluan-Franchise-in-the-Philippines-Cost-Requirements-and-Profit# on June 25, 2012:
good am...want k p maging agent ng lotto?sino po dapat kausapin ?tnx
im from mataasnakahoy batangas...
Andrew on June 20, 2012:
Can you still open lotto outlet if your unemployed? And for self employed, can an income tax return is enough?
archie m. cuenca on June 13, 2012:
panu po me mag franchise ng looto outlet how much po nid na pera? salamat
alex de dios on June 11, 2012:
matagal ko ng gusto maging PCSO agent.pls.heplp me kung sino at saan ko dapat pomunta.
jaY on June 08, 2012:
I looked at the website of PCSO and found out that the surety bond is 300K! Ouch!
jerry viloria on June 02, 2012:
i want to be pcso-lotto agent i have my own place to start this business pls help me how to start
HANA on May 12, 2012:
Why we don't have a pcso website where we can purchase tickets? Sana may online buying ng lotto tickets. nakakatamad kasing pumila and minsan nakakaubos ng oras. bakit kaya di nag-ooffer ng ganito ang PCSO?
grace tang on May 10, 2012:
gusto ko po sana magpatayo nang lotto outlet magakano po ba talaga ang surety bond.at saan ba dapat submit mga reuirements dto ako cagayan se oro?
medina on April 27, 2012:
gusto ko po sana mag franchise d2 sa candelaria, quezon kaya lang bukid po kami pero nasa main road ang aming pwesto may phone din po at internet na. Pwede po kaya yon email na lang po kung sakali dito email@example.com
chonalyn on April 23, 2012:
gsto ko mg franchise...pano ba gawin to? should i visit the main office? pls help...
enrico g. sy on April 15, 2012:
how about im single and willing to franchise then employed but no ITR ,what can i do ,pls email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, then 30 to 50k its that all about that we spend for if for the surety or d franchise fee thanks a lot