E-lottery tickets a huge hit

E-lottery tickets a huge hit

The government offers digital lottery tickets via the Pao Tang mobile application.
The government offers digital lottery tickets via the Pao Tang mobile application.

More than 2 million lottery tickets were sold in the first five hours of being made available yesterday through the government's Paotang e-wallet app, double the amount of its first round, according to the Government Lottery Office (GLO).

GLO Chairman Lavaron Sangsnit said on Friday that regarding the online sale of lottery tickets dated July 1, 2.18 million were snapped up by 382,814 buyers after sales started at 6am.

That figure was double the sales volume of the previous round, when around 800,000 tickets were bought by some 200,000 buyers.

Commenting on the latest lottery draw on Thursday, Mr Lavaron said 41,419 people won prizes from 73,191 tickets, worth a total of 247 million baht.

Among the winners, five people each won 6 million baht -- the first prize.

"As the batch of lottery tickets in the previous draw sold out within five days, I expected this batch would sell out even quicker," Mr Lavaron said.

"The success shows that the online sales have won the confidence of buyers that the price is fixed at 80 baht as claimed."

The GLO has allocated 5.27 million tickets for the next draw on July 1, he said, adding the lottery panel will consider adding more lotteries to its app.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister's Office Minister Anucha Nakasai said after 15 days have elapsed, winning tickets can only be claimed from the GLO, as opposed to via bank transfer, but the deadline extends to two years.

The history of purchases will be recorded in the app for a year, Mr Anucha said.

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