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Winning First Prize lottery tickets belong to school teacher: Police

Kanchanaburi police announced today (Jan 31) that they have evidence to prove that the five First Prize lottery tickets worth 30 million baht belong to school teacher Preecha Kraikruan, not retired police officer Pol Lt Charoon Wimon.

In a press conference held today at the head office of the Provincial Police Region 7 in Kanchanaburi, Pol Lt-Gen Kittipong Ngaomook, the regional police commissioner said that police had credible eyewitnesses who confirmed they saw Mr Preecha bought the winning lottery tickets from a vendor at Red City market in Kanchanaburi's Muang district while accounts of the other witnesses and CCTV footages showed Pol Lt Charoon pick lottery tickets accidentally fell on the ground, also at the same market.

The commissioner further said that one of the witnesses at the market claimed he heard someone exclaiming he found lottery tickets and he turned to look at the direction where the sound of exclamation came from and he saw Pol Lt Charoon.

Regarding the next stop to be taken, he said police would summon Pol Lt Charoon to acknowledge the charge of embezzlement filed against him by Mr Preecha.

He added that police would also invite Pol Lt Charoon's witnesses for questioning.

Reiterating his ownership right to the winning lottery tickets in question, Pol Lt Charoon said that he was confident with his innocence and said he would see the police to acknowledge the charges against him as wanted by the police.

Earlier, the Central Forensic Science of the Justice Ministry disclosed the result of DNA and fingerprint tests which showed that there were two fingerprints of Pol Lt Charoon on the lottery tickets, but the DNA tests were not possible because DNA samples were so contaminated.

Mr Preecha claimed he bought the winning First Prize lottery tickets of November 1 draw, number 533726, but he lost them before the announcement of the lottery result.

The winning lottery tickets were cashed at the Government Lottery Office by Pol Lt Charoon and the money was put in his bank account which was eventually impounded by the bank at the order of a senior police officer in Kanchanaburi following Mr Preecha's complaint with the police.

Pol Lt Charoon also challenged the freezing of his bank account as illegal, claiming that the senior police officer had no power to order his account to be frozen.

lottery tickets belong to school teacher, Charoon to be questioned, charge of embezzlement

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)