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Licence plate of Prime Minister's van is so popular as lottery bet that bookies refuse to take bets on it. 

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Yingluck's numbers attract gamblers

1 Apr 2013
Online Reporters

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's "lucky licence plates" have once again drawn the attention of gamblers, with large crowds gathering to see the registration numbers on her three new cars, hoping to win the lottery by playing their numbers.

The mobile cabinet meetings held on Sunday in three provinces - Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaeo - suddenly became the talk of the town after the media reported that Ms Yingluck was using three new vehicles.

Many people gathered on the roadside in each province and waited for hours to get a glimpse of the cars Ms Yingluck was travelling in.

All the three cars were used for the meeting. According to reports, Prime Minister Yingluck travelled in cars with the licence numbers 6594 in Chachoengsao, 4934 in Prachin Buri and 555 in Sa Kaeo.

Underground bookies were reported to have refused to take lottery bets on the numbers of some vehicles associated with the prime minister.

An underground gambling source said the numbers were 4324, which matches the licence plate of her official van, and 2904, a number on the helicopter fuselage which flew Ms Yingluck during the mobile cabinet trip.

They are worried the numbers might have too high a chance of making a payout.

The bookies became wary of accepting bets on numbers related to the premier's transport after several of her previous vehicles' licence plates matched winning numbers of the national lottery in the past, leading to large payouts.

People in the know said demand for these numbers was heavy on the underground lottery.

People have been posting forums on the internet hoping to buy genuine lottery tickets for 500 baht to700 baht, from the normal price of 100-110 baht, from people who were able to buy them before the illegal bookies imposed their bans.

While players of the official lottery have only the numbers on the tickets they buy, underground lottery punters choose which numbers they want to bet on - but sometimes the bookies refuse bets on popular numbers. The winning numbers are the same, taken from the official lottery draw.

(Source: Bangkok Post, GAMBLING, Yingluck's numbers attract gamblers, 1 Apr 2013, Online Reporters, link


Gambling Vocabulary

gambling - the activity of betting money, for example in a game or on a horse race การพนัน
gambler - a person who gambles (does gambling in their free time)

bookie - a person in the (usually illegal) business of taking bets from people who want to gamble คนรับแทง (การพนัน)

lottery - a form of gambling in which gamblers buy tickets with numbers on them, drawing a number at random determines the winner สลากกินแบ่ง, ล็อตเตอรี่, สลากกินแบ่งรัฐบาล , หวย  (See Wikipedia)

the Thailand Lottery - "first started in the time of King Rama V, drawn into an international show organized in King's birthday festival. In 1917, a lottery drawing was organized in addition to finance Thailand's entrance into World War I. After that, a third lottery was organized to finance Thai Red Cross charity operating cost in 1932. In 1934 in addition to finance the shortfall in government income. In 1939, the power of lottery procedure was shifted to the Ministry of Finance, which is currently held on the 1st and 16th of every month" (See Wikipedia)

win the lottery
hoping to win the lottery by playing their numbers.

bet - an amount of money that someone gambles with; a wager, a gamble การพนัน,วางเดิมพัน
a lottery bet
a bookie takes lottery bets


reject - to not agree with or do something ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
reject bets - not accept bets

associated  with - connected with ที่สัมพันธ์กัน, ที่เกี่ยวข้องกัน
numbers associated with the Prime Minister's cars

transport - to move people or things from one place to another ขนส่ง
vehicles - machines with an engine used to carry people or goods from place to place ยานพาหนะ

transport
vehicles
transport vehicles serving the Prime Minister 

reject - to not agree with a request, offer or proposal ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
Bookies reject bets with certain numbers

Bookies reject bets with certain numbers associated with transport vehicles serving Prime Minister YIngluck Shinawatra. (File Photo). 

attract - to cause someone to be interested in something ดึงดูดความสนใจ
Yingluck's numbers attract gamblers

licence - official permission from government to do a business or some activity (here: for this car's operation)   ใบอนุญาต
license plate - the metal sign on the back of cars (with an ID number given by the government when the car is registered)  แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
lucky licence plates

draw attention of - make someone interested in you, make them look at you
drawn the attention of gamblers

gathering - a party or a meeting when many people come together as a group การรวมตัว, การประชุม
large crowds gathering

registration - recording in an official list การลงทะเบียน
registration numbers

large crowds gathering to see the registration numbers on her three new cars

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's "lucky licence plates" have once again drawn the attention of gamblers, with large crowds gathering to see the registration numbers on her three new cars, hoping to win the lottery by playing their numbers.

mobile - able to move to different places, not fixed at one place
mobile cabinet meetings

the talk of the town - the thing that everyone (in town) is talking about (everyone interested in it)
became the talk of the town


media - radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
the media reported that Ms Yingluck was using three new vehicles

The mobile cabinet meetings held on Sunday in three provinces - Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaeo - suddenly became the talk of the town after the media reported that Ms Yingluck was using three new vehicles.

glimpse - when you see something or someone for a very short time เหลือบดู, ชำเลือง, ชายตามอง
get a glimpse of
waited for hours to get a glimpse of Ms. Yingluck's new cars

Many people gathered on the roadside in each province and waited for hours to get a glimpse of the cars Ms Yingluck was travelling in.

meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม

All the three cars were used for the meeting. According to reports, Prime Minister Yingluck travelled in cars with the licence numbers 6594 in Chachoengsao, 4934 in Prachin Buri and 555 in Sa Kaeo.

underground - hidden, secret ลับ, ที่เป็นความลับ
underground bookies
the underground lottery

refuse - say no you won't do something
refused to take lottery bets
the numbers of some vehicles associated with the prime minister

Underground bookies were reported to have refused to take lottery bets on the numbers of some vehicles associated with the prime minister.

source - someone who gives information to the media แหล่งข่าว
underground gambling source

official - approved by the government or some authority ที่เป็นทางการ
Ms. Yingluck's official van

An underground gambling source said the numbers were 4324, which matches the licence plate of her official van, and 2904, a number on the helicopter fuselage which flew Ms Yingluck during the mobile cabinet trip.

too high a chance - too likely to happen , too high a probably,
payout - the money you sometimes win when you gamble
too high a chance of making a payout

They are worried the numbers might have too high a chance of making a payout.

wary - careful or nervous about someone or something because you think they might cause a problem ระมัดระวัง
became wary of
bookies became wary of accepting bets

national - for the whole country
national lottery - the lottery for the whole country

The bookies became wary of accepting bets on numbers related to the premier's transport after several of her previous vehicles' licence plates matched winning numbers of the national lottery in the past, leading to large payouts.

people in the know - people who know about something that not everyone knows about

demand - the need and desire to buy goods and services by households and businesses

People in the know said demand for these numbers was heavy on the underground lottery.

genuine - real; the real thing; not fake
genuine lottery tickets

illegal - against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
illegal bookies imposed their bans

imposed - force someone to do something or follow some rule
imposed their bans - here: not accepting bets on some numbers

People have been posting forums on the internet hoping to buy genuine lottery tickets for 500 baht to700 baht, from the normal price of 100-110 baht, from people who were able to buy them before the illegal bookies imposed their bans.

players - people playing a game  
players of the official lottery

refuse - unwanted waste material, especially material that is regularly thrown away from a house, factory, etc.; rubbish ขยะ, ของเสีย
refuse bets 
refuse bets on popular numbers

lottery draw
the official lottery draw

While players of the official lottery have only the numbers on the tickets they buy, underground lottery punters choose which numbers they want to bet on - but sometimes the bookies refuse bets on popular numbers. The winning numbers are the same, taken from the official lottery draw.

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