Lottery tickets to be no higher than 80 baht from June 16th

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BANGKOK, 1 June 2015,  Government Lottery Office (GLO) Chairman Major General Apirat Kongsompong has said all lottery tickets will be sold at no more than 80 baht apiece.

The GLO Chaiman has reiterated his tough stance on the regulations pegging the price of lottery tickets at 80 baht per ticket. According to him, he has ordered Region 1 Commander Lieutenant General Kampanat Ruddit to send troops to survey the number of real lottery ticket vendors nationwide this week, preparing for the implementation of the new rule.

The Chairman also stated Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha was highly concerned with the issue. However, he was confident that his office would be able to enforce the tough regulation, promising the changes will be visible when the tickets roll out on June 16.

Major General Apirat said overpricing lottery tickets was a criminal activity, explaining that agents would trick retailers into buying tickets in bulk at lower prices and intentionally deliver only a portion of the the tickets. The practice left the retailers no choice but increase the price of the tickets to compensate for their losses.

The other scheme is for agents to buy tickets from the GLO at the original price of 70 baht apiece and sell them to vendors at 75 baht each. Agents then buy them back at 80 baht and jack up the price to 100 – 120 baht per ticket.

He urged the public not to purchase overpriced tickets, and the media to expose the criminal activities to the public.