Buri Ram monk raided for selling illegal lottery numbers

Buri Ram monk raided for selling illegal lottery numbers

Officials raid the living quarters of Phra Yungyut Hirakamo at Wat Pa Rung Arun in Muang district of Buri Ram on Friday. (Photo by Surachai Piraksa)
Officials raid the living quarters of Phra Yungyut Hirakamo at Wat Pa Rung Arun in Muang district of Buri Ram on Friday. (Photo by Surachai Piraksa)

BURIRAM - A monk was detained at a major temple in Muang district on Friday for selling underground lottery numbers to visitors.

Officials of the interior and culture ministries raided a cubicle of Phra Yungyut Hirakamo of Wat Pa Rung Arun in tambon Chum Het.

They did not find evidence inside his sleeping place but found old underground lottery and stock lottery lists, some of them partially burned, around the area.

Phra Yungyut admitted to being a bookie selling both stock market lottery and underground lottery numbers, and getting 5% of the money collected in return, deputy district chief Manoonsak Namprathuang said.

Like the underground lottery, stock market lottery is illegal. The winning numbers are the last two digits of the Stock Exchange of Thailand index at the open and close.

The monk allegedly said his customers were people visiting the temple to make merit. They believed buying underground lottery numbers from a monk would be safe, because monks live by precepts and would never cheat people, he said.

Mr Manoonsak said officials could not take legal action against the monk because there was no evidence of new lottery lists or cash inside the cubicle.

But  the provincial chief monk would be asked to consider punishing Phra Yungyut, he said.


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