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GLO examines two- and three-digit lottery schemes

Jun 24. 2019
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By The Nation

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The board of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) is mulling over the two and three-digit lottery and lotto schemes before proposing them to new government for approval and implementation.

Excise Department director-general Patchara Anuntasilpa, in his capacity as the GLO board chairman, said the two and three-digit lottery tickets aimed to compete with the underground lotteries estimated to be worth Bt200 billion. He said the tickets would be sold online and via a mobile phone application.

The online lotto payment method was now under consideration especially as the jackpot could be as high as Bt100 million. If the board gave the green light to these two schemes on Monday, public hearings could be organised within the next two months, he said.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders found ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of a criminal offence under Section 157 (official wrongfully exercising his functions) regarding the illegal launch of a two and three-digit scheme in 2003-2006 and sentenced him to a two-year imprisonment without suspension. The court also issued an arrest warrant for him to comply with this ruling.

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