Uproar over pricey lottery tickets in Sattahip

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Lottery ticket vendors outside Sattahip Temple scattered when police approached following complaints sellers were gouging gamblers ahead of the New Year’s draw.

Authorities have strictly enforced the legal 80-baht price for a ticket pair since the National Council for Peace and Order cracked down on sellers and reorganized the Government Lottery Office last year.

Sattahip police check on lottery ticket vendors outside Sattahip Temple following complaints sellers were gouging gamblers ahead of the New Year’s draw.

So shouts of protest went up in Sattahip when a group of vendors started charging 90 baht ahead of the “lucky” first draw of 2016 on Jan. 2.

One vendor told police retail prices were raised because they were paying 85 baht at wholesale for the ducats. They asked authorities to accompany them to the wholesaler, who they also accused of breaking the law.

The vendors who remained at the temple were warned to stick to legal prices.