The Government Lottery Office (GLO) on Monday (Aug 21) held a public hearing over its proposed amendments to the 1964 National Lottery Law.
Seven amendments have been proposed and the Finance Ministry was eager to receive feedback from the general public and traders alike so that improvements can be incorporated.
The main aim of the amendments will be to meet the public demands not least of which involves lottery prices.
The GLO stressed that none of these proposals was to facilitate the introduction of new forms of legitimized gambling as has been suggested by some parties.
They went on to say that most of the changes that have been introduced so far were at the behest of lottery vendors and the general public which includes demands for increased lottery tickets for each draw; introduction of other forms of legalized gambling; official issue of batched tickets by the GLO and punitive punishment for sellers of overpriced tickets.
The president of the Disabled Lottery Vendors Association meanwhile advised the GLO to carry out a comprehensive study on the issue instead of just increasing penalties as this will not help solve the problem of overpriced lottery tickets in the country.
He went on to say that the recent winning of a 180 million baht jackpot does no favor for the GLO's efforts as now more and more people will want to get their hands on batched tickets so that they can stand a chance of winning similar prizes.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)