Unsold lottery tickets make shop owner rich

For one lottery shop owner, it was not the tickets she sold that made her rich. It was the tickets she didn't sell.

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Unsold lottery tickets make shop owner rich

For one lottery shop owner, it was not the tickets she sold that made her rich. It was the tickets she didn't sell.

She became an instant multi-millionaire on Nov 16 when eight of the tickets left unsold in her shop won a total of 42 million baht of the first-prize money.

Nantha Fakkhkao, 51, who runs a lottery shop on Udon Dussadee Road in Muang district, said  tickets for the Nov 16 draw did not sell well, probably because it clashed with the traditional tod kathin robe offering ceremonies and people were busy with farm harvests.

Mrs Nantha said that before the lottery draw on Nov 16 she was 400,000 baht deeper in debt because of the tickets left unsold.  So she had planned to borrow another one million baht from a bank to keep her business going, even though she already had an accumulated debt of 10 million baht.

But things turned out completely in her favour when eight unsold tickets with number 639500 won a total of 42 million baht in first-prize money – 30 million baht from five charity tickets and 12 million baht from three ordinary tickets.

She also won another 800,000 baht from the tickets with a number preceding or following the winning number.

Mrs Nantha said that for every draw her shop invested 600,000-700,000 baht in lottery tickets for sale. Most of the time the tickets were sold out, but sometime there were some left unsold, but not usually this many.

She said her family quietly went to the Government Lottery Office in Bangkok on Nov 19 to collect the winnings without telling anyone of their good fortune for safety reasons.

She planned to hold a religious rite at the shop this morning and set up 15 Chinese dinner tables to feast regular customers in the evening.

Other people would be entertained with mo lam performances of  northeastern-style folklore songs and dances  on stage, for three consecutive nights, Mrs Nantha said.

Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com

protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
vendor – someone who sells something, but not in a shop พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย
instant – immediate ทันที
multi-millionaire – a person who has two or more million baht, dollars, etc.
clash – to happen at the same time so that you cannot go to or see them both  เกิดขึ้นเวลาเดียวกัน
traditional – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time เป็นประเพณี,  ตามธรรมเนียม
robe – a long loose outer piece of clothing เสื้อคลุมยาว
ceremony – a formal public event งานพิธี
harvest – the activity of collecting a crop, in this case a rice crop การเก็บเกี่ยวผลผลิต
draw – choosing a card or ticket, without seeing what is on it การจับ (ฉลาก)
debt – an amount of money that you owe หนี้
borrow – to take money from a bank, financial organisation, person, etc. and pay it back over a period of time ยืม
accumulate – to get more and more of something over a period of time สะสม, สั่งสมมานาน
turn out – to prove to be กลับกลายเป็น
favour – advantage; benefit ความได้เปรียบ
charity – an organisation to which you give money so that it can give money and help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support กิจการกุศล, มูลนิธิ
ordinary – not unusual or different in any way ธรรมดา, ปกติ
fortune – luck โชค
rite – a traditional ceremony, especially a religious one พิธีกรรม (พระราชพิธี)
feast – to provide a large or special meal, especially for a lot of people and to celebrate something จัดงานเลี้ยง, จัดอาหารมากมาย
folklore – to happen at the same time so that you cannot go to or see them both  เกิดขึ้นเวลาเดียวกัน
consecutive – following one after another in order and with nothing else in between ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ

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