‘Tickets for gold’ dealer arrested

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Pattaya police arrested another local resident for allegedly selling tickets for a variant of the illegal underground lottery that awards gold, not cash, as prizes.

Suneerath Pimpa was taken into custody June 25 outside a gold shop near Chaimongkol Temple in South Pattaya. Officers confiscated tickets and 610 baht in cash.

She is the second person arrested in as many months in Pattaya for selling “tickets for gold”. In May, a Nongprue man was caught selling tickets that offered gold ornaments as prizes, instead of cash. Tickets were sold for 40, 60 and 120 baht each depending on the weight of gold for each category of tickets.

Police and military officials arrest Suneerath Pimpa for selling tickets that award gold, not cash, as prizes.Police and military officials arrest Suneerath Pimpa for selling tickets that award gold, not cash, as prizes.

One baht-weight of gold ornaments would be awarded to those buying tickets with numbers matching the winning three-digit government tickets.

Police said Suneerath confessed she has been selling the gold lottery for some time now and rents a space in front of the gold shop for 6,000 baht a month.

Police then issued a warning against the gold retailer, saying shop owners would be arrested if another vendor takes Suneerath’s place at the table outside their shop.