PM applies section 44 to overpriced lottery ticket issue

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Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution, terminating the duties of the board of the Government Lottery Office for failure to resolve the issue of overpriced lottery tickets. The punishment of vendors violating pricing regulations has also been made harsher.

Those found guilty of selling overpriced lottery tickets may be jailed for up to a month or fined as much as 10-thousand baht, or both.

The Prime Minister signed the National Council for Peace and Order’s 11th order on measures preventing the sale of overpriced lottery tickets. The measures implemented seek to effectively and strictly enforce the rules on lottery ticket vending.

The board of the Government Lottery Office was removed henceforth for failing to address the issue. The instruction specifically prohibits the appointment of a new board until further notice.