Lottery overpricing, illegal parking by passenger van drivers and exploitation of migrant workers were the first three problems the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) tackled after the May 22 coup. The rationale was that they were not complicated and straightforward and, therefore, could be resolved without much difficulty.
Public support for the NCPO's moves was overwhelming. When NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha declared in June the retail price of lottery tickets must be pegged at 80 baht apiece, there were resounding cheers from lottery customers.
But their "happiness" was short-lived as reality set in. Gen Prayuth himself appears to have softened his tone and admitted that 92 baht per ticket would be more realistic after complaints from vendors.