The government is set to launch two new lotteries this year as part of renewed efforts to eradicate illegal lotteries and overpriced tickets.
According to Charnkrit Dejvitak, an assistant to the Prime Minister Office, the first lottery will be a revamp of the existing six-digit government lottery, while the second will consist of two- and three-digit lotteries similar to unofficial lotteries with the same number of digits.
Charnkrit was speaking in his capacity as chairman of a subcommittee tasked with exploring solutions to the problem of lottery tickets being sold at prices higher than those mandated by the government.
Charnkrit told reporters that the government is attempting to secure a contract with Khon Kaen University to organize public hearings on the new lottery products, a necessary step prior to submitting the plan to the Cabinet for consideration.
Officials said the new lotteries would comply with existing laws and that access to minors would be strictly regulated.
Commenting on the newly introduced digital lottery tickets sold through the government’s Pao Tang e-wallet mobile application, Charnkrit said the number of tickets would not be increased for at least the next two drawings.
He added that approximately 5 million e-tickets were purchased within the first four days of the digital lottery’s release, noting that the program’s initial enthusiasm is indicative of its success. (NNT)