Christmas came two months early for Gina Mariano, the very first P5 million winner of SMART and TV5’s biggest text promo yet, "TST (Tutok Sabay TXT)."
TV5’s interactive show P.O.5 welcomed her with a giant 7-digit figure check on its live episode last Sunday, October 17.
A 19-year-old out-of-school youth, Gina is P5 million richer as she comes back home to Camarines Sur where her family awaits her.
Asked what would be the difference in their Christmas noche buena for Christmas, the humble instant millionaire replied in her native tongue, "Magsasalu-salo kaming pamilya ng pancit bihon at spaghetti tulad ng mga nagdaang Pasko."
Thinking it’s best to put her earned "TST" points into good use, Gina started answering trivia questions from her favorite TV5 shows last October 4. 121 texts later, the perceived luck of October 10, 2010 (10-10-10) rained down on Gina when she won the whopping P5 M jackpot prize that day.
For Gina, a strengthened signal of TV5 in Camarines Sur is a plus factor in winning.
"Nitong nakaraan lang po nakasagap ng TV5 ang TV namin. Nang magustuhan ko po ang Face to Face nang una ko ’tong mapanood, tumutok na rin ako sa iba pang palabas ng TV5."
Her luck came at the right time as their "home along da riles" is set to be demolished to make way for Philippine National Railway’s project to connect the train system from Manila to Bicol.
With P5 million, her family’s dream to have their own home will finally be reached. She also plans to build a small-scale enterprise and finance her college education.
The young instant millionaire vowed to donate a share of her prize to the church as thanksgiving for the great blessing God sent her way.