For 230 years Thai people have gambled on the lottery _ legit and underground, paper-based and imagination-prone. Along with every discussion of the lottery comes a whole syllabus of tangled subjects: economic value, political manipulation, tax structure, legal philosophy, morality, superstition, national character, the distribution of wealth and luck.
And now that the government has announced the resurrection of the online lottery, the on-and-off-and-on-again campaign that began with the Thaksin administration, the debate around the lotto has been dusted off and reheated.
Basically, the online lotto, in which clients (bettors, gamblers, punters, take your pick) can pick two-digit and three-digit numbers of their own choice from a machine, is a way to combat the widespread huay tai din _ underground betting houses based on the government lottery _ and take its fans above ground.
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