Burma Lottery chief has vision of vaulting lottery into 21st Century

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceMyanmar lottery chief Thein Naing sits in an office that could be the set of a colonial era novel – veneered walls trapping Yangon’s musty, late-afternoon summer air – a furnace cooled by a whirring ceiling fan. Outside in the steamy, whitewashed corridor, brown paper-wrapped boxes of lottery tickets are stacked, awaiting distribution to vendors across the Myanmar commercial capital.Despite the setting, Thein Naing has big plans to modernize the Aung Bar Lay, the Burmese name for the monthly state-run draw that sells around 30 million tickets priced at 200 kyats (20 U.S. cents) each, and contributes $2 million a month in revenue to state coffers, once prize money is doled-out.“We want to have an electronic, or online lottery, as the ticket lottery is very limited,” says Thein Naing, discussing an early-days proposal to piggy-back the lottery onto some of Myanmar’s communications sector reforms.Newly-arrived foreign mobile...

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