GLO told to look into overpriced lottery

Executives of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) have been instructed to look into a public complaint that lottery ticket prices are too high and the gap between the fixed price and the selling price is too wide, Col Winthai Suvari said on Sunday.

  • Published: 15/06/2014 at 05:13 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

Col Winthai, a National Council for Peace and Order spokesman, was responding to a report that the NCPO had ordered the GLO to impose strict controls on lottery prices.

He said the NCPO had not ordered the GLO to take any specific measures to control lottery prices. Currently, a pair of lottery tickets, priced at 80 baht, are actually sold for between 100 and 110 baht and sometimes higher.

The NCPO had only asked GLO executives to look into the matter to find out why lottery tickets are overpriced and to take corrective measures to ensure people pay a more reasonable price and still give the state a profit.

However, no conclusion had yet been reached, Col Winthai said.

The NCPO spokesman said the profit ratio should be reasonable to enable the state to financially support public welfare activities or charities as stipulated by the law.

He said steps are required to get permission to use the income from lottery sales. The money cannot be used for any purpose other than that stipulated by the law.

Col Winthai said the public should be careful not to believe distorted information which could lead them to misunderstand the NCPO's motives.

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