Pattaya elephant mahout wins 12 million baht in lottery

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Buriram-native Nipon Sangam working as a mahout in Pattaya won an elephant-size jackpot in Thursday’s government lottery drawing, cashing in tickets for 12 million baht in prize money.
Buriram-native Nipon Sangam working as a mahout in Pattaya won an elephant-size jackpot in Thursday’s government lottery drawing, cashing in tickets for 12 million baht in prize money.

A mahout working in Pattaya won an elephant-size jackpot in Thursday’s government lottery drawing, cashing in tickets for 12 million baht in prize money.

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Buriram-native Nipon Sangam, 40, went into the July 16 drawing hoping, maybe, to match the last two numbers for a 10,000-baht prize. He never imagined he’d hit all six.



He chose his numbers based on his license plate, but didn’t think much about it afterward, tossing the tickets in his dresser. His giddy wife called to say he’d won.

Nipon said he’ll use the money to pay off debts and fund his children’s’ education. But he plans to continue working with his elephant. (MCOT)