Living the life of a construction worker is hard. It requires you to be extremely dedicated and hardworking, even if the weather conditions are not that favorable to you. As we all know, their occupation involves them being exposed to natural elements such as the sun or rain. Therefore, Jack Morales was all smiles when he won PHP 1.2 million in a lottery. According to GMA News Online, he is a construction worker from Samar who only earns PHP 250 a day.
When he won the mentioned amount of money, he allocated it for the following: PHP 200,000 for his child’s education, PHP 800,000 for his construction business, PHP 200,000 for his personal savings, and PHP 10,000 for his new house.
However, his money slowly depleted until he came back to his first situation before – when he was still scraping by to sustain his family. Why is this?
His story was featured in “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho’s” episode dated October 15, 2017. A video clip of it was uploaded on the official YouTube channel of GMA Public Affairs, where it has currently gained 235,077 views and 686 likes as of this writing.
According to the description:
“Sino’ng mag-aakala na ang isang construction worker na kumikita ng Php 250 kada araw, magiging isang instant milyonaryo?! Iyan ang naging kapalaran ng tubong Samar na si Jack Morales! Nagtuluy-tuloy kaya ang kaniyang suwerte?”
The construction worker was interviewed by Jessica Soho, wherein it was revealed that Morales grew up in a family that depends on fishing for livelihood. According to him, not one of his four siblings were able to study and attain education.
“Yung tatay ko, nagpapalay. Tapos ‘yung nanay ko naman, naglalabada. Nag-aaral pa lang ako ng elementary, gusto kong makaahon sa kahirapan,” Morales shared.
When the typhoon “Yolanda” devastated Samar, it opened up a new venture to Morales. He became a construction worker after being a fisherman. During that time, lots of housing projects were being commissioned for the victims of the typhoon.
Eventually, he started a new life.
One day, he thought of joining the lottery. He shared, “Sa tatlong tinaya ko po, 65, pare-pareho po ‘yung numero… lahat ng hirap ko, nabawi ko rin.”
The construction worker revealed that he was not wise in spending his cash prize. After three months, the PHP 1.2 million he won on the lottery disappeared in an instant.
Watch the video below to find out what happened:
What do you think of this construction worker? What can you say about his story? If you won that kind of amount of money, what would you do with it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!