12M baht reward offered for government e-wallet app transactions

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BANGKOK  – Total transactions for payments made via the government’s wallet application as part of the Chim Shop Chai campaign have reached 21 billion baht, an amount generated by 11 million users. Special prizes worth 12 million baht will be given to lucky persons making transactions as New Year gifts.

The Fiscal Policy Office Director General Lavaron Sangsnit said today the government is seeing an increase in the transaction volume and number of users of the government’s wallet application introduced as part of the Chim Shop Chai campaign, specifically the second e-wallet amount in the app where users are required to top up with their own money via a bank transfer.

Total transactions from the pre-paid e-wallet are now worth 9.916 billion baht in total from 324,400 users, at an average of 30,000 baht transactions per user. Transactions last week, doubled the daily amount in November.

To continue boosting spending, the government will be offering a total of 12 million baht in rewards for users and merchants. With every 1,000 baht spent via the wallet app, each user will receive a chance to receive one of 500 gifts. Users with the most spending amount throughout the campaign can win grand prizes such as cars and pick-up trucks.

For merchants, each electronic receipt for a100 baht or more transaction will give them a chance to win one of 100 gold items in six lucky draws which will be taking place on 20th December 2019; 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th January 2020; and 14th February 2020

In addition to the Chim Shop Chai campaign. The government has recently introduced a subsidy scheme for housing down payments. Registration for this campaign is open everyday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until 31st March 2020. Eligible persons must be of Thai nationality, registered in the taxation database and receive no more than 1.2 million baht annual income in 2018. The subsidy will only be offered for the purchase of new housing units where the mortgage is approved between 27th November 2019 to 31st March 2020. A refinance application is not eligible. By evening on the first registration day yesterday, 49,511 persons had already enrolled in this campaign.