The board of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) will be asked to approve a proposal at a meeting on March 21 that the GLO should start introducing lottery tickets in sets for sale to solve the problem of overpricing of the sale of lottery in sets of two up to over 10 tickets.
GLO spokesman Thanawat Pholvichai said Wednesday that, in the initial stage, the GLO might put together 20 percent of lottery tickets of similar numbers in sets of 2 or more tickets for distribution to retailers for sale at 80 baht apiece retail price instead of at least 100 baht each as it is.
He said if the board gives an approval at its meeting on March 21, the set lottery tickets will be available for distribution in the second half of the year, adding however that the number of lottery tickets to be printed for each 15-day draw will remain at 80 million.
Thanawat said that overpricing of tickets on sale in sets can still be seen, but the number of tickets for each set has reduced to 2-5 tickets per set insread of 5-20 with prices ranging from 120-150 baht apiece.
He admitted that the problem of fake lottery tickets and stolen tickets which are cashed for prize money remains a matter of concern for GLO. He recommended shops that provide service of cashing lottery tickets to install a machine to check the authenticity of the tickets to spare them the trouble of unknowingly receiving fake tickets.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)