There have been several efforts over the years to introduce new forms of legalised gambling, otherwise known as the lottery. Officially we have the government lottery and the Government Savings Bank lottery.
But don't get me started on the underground lottery. I don't know anything about it. Since it's underground, it doesn't exist, despite the fact that about 20 million Thai people gamble on the underground lottery, according to figures from the Centre for Gambling Studies.
Most recently, a new lottery project is being touted _ the Lotto. Like the Nong Ngu Hao airport, it seems to have died a few deaths over the years, only to be revived and dusted off and repackaged and presented for consideration. Already lottery vendors are up in arms about this new vending machine where you can insert your 20 baht, 50 baht or 100 baht notes, push a button and get your monthly dose of wagering, much like a soft-drink dispenser.