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Hoping to claim 2 million in winnings, 62-year chili trader traveled from Kalasin to Bangkok, but ticket fake & she was quickly arrested. 

A lottery buyer carefully chooses her numbers outside the old headquarters of the Government Lottery Office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. (Bangkok Post file photo)


Lottery 'winner' presents fake ticket


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A woman who attempted to claim a first-prize at the Government Lottery Office (GLO) by presenting a ticket with a fake number pasted on it was quickly arrested - but claims she was cheated by the ticket vendor.

Thawee Sawanate, 62, a chilli trader in Kalasin province, showed up at the GLO headquarters in Nonthaburi on Thursday afternoon to claim her first prize for the Oct 1 draw, worth two million baht.

However, the official who received the ticket and examined it found it was forged, with the winning number pasted on top of the actual numbers on the lottery ticket. The attempted fraud was reported to police and Ms Thawee was quickly detained

She told the police that she bought the ticket from an unknown woman on Oct 1 in Kalasin for 110 baht. The woman vendor approached her to buy the ticket, saying she had only two lottery tickets left. So she bought one.

When she checked later she was excited to find that her ticket number had won a first prize, so she went to register her win in Nakhon Phanom, where she also went to see a cousin.

Later, she and five cousins went together to claim the prize at the GLO office and filled in her information on the claim form.

Ms Thawee said she did not know her lottery ticket was a fake until the police arrested her. 

Pol Lt Nattawut Mingmuang, case officer at Nonthaburi police station, said she was charged with forgery and use of a faked document, for which the penalty was six months to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of 1,000 to 10,000 baht.

Ms Thawee denied the charge, insisting she had been deceived.

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actual: real; existing in fact - จริง

approach: moving or coming closer - การเข้าใกล้

arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม

attempt: when a person tries to do something or achieve some goal, makes an effort to do it - ความพยายาม

charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา

cheat: a person who cheats (acts in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage) - คนโกง, คนหลอกลวง

claim: to demand or ask for something because you believe it is your legal right to own or to have it - อ้างสิทธิ, ยืนยัน

cousin: a child of your uncle or aunt; someone who is related to you through a brother, sister, uncle, or aunt of one of your parents - ลูกพี่ลูกน้อง, ญาติห่างๆ

deceive: to persuade someone that something false is the truth - หลอก

denial: a refusal to admit something; saying that you did not do something you were accused of - การปฎิเสธ, การไม่ยอมรับ

detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

document: a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type  - เอกสาร

draw: a way of choosing something such as a name or number by chance - การจับฉลาก

examine: to look at somebody/something closely, to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem - ตรวจ

fake: made to look like something real in order to trick people - ที่ทำปลอม

fill in: to put information into a form, to write information on a paper that asks for it -

forge: to make illegal copies of something valuable, especially in order to earn money - ปลอมแปลง

forgery: something, for example a document, piece of paper money, etc, that has been copied in order to cheat people - สิ่งที่ปลอมแปลง

fraud: the crime of producing false documents or information in order to get what you want - การปลอมแปลง

headquarters: the place where an organisation or company has its main offices - กองบัญชาการ

imprisonment: the punishment of being put in prison - การจำคุก

insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

lottery: a way of raising money for a government, charity, etc. by selling tickets that have different numbers on them that people have chosen. Numbers are then chosen by chance and the people who have those numbers on their tickets win prizes - สลากกินแบ่ง, ล็อตเตอรี่

lottery ticket: the piece of paper with a number on it that a person buys to play the lottery, hoping the number matches the drawn number - สลากกินแบ่ง

official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่

paste: to attach something to another thing with paste or glue, so that it sticks to it - the number was pasted over the old number

penalty: a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law - โทษ

prize: money or trophy given to someone who wins a competition - รางวัล

province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด

register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน

show up: to arrive at a place - แสดงตัว, ปรากฏตัว

trader: someone who buys and sells things - ผู้ค้า

unknown: someone who you do not know who they are; unfamiliar - ที่ไม่รู้, ที่ไม่เป็นเป็นรู้จัก

vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย

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