Legalized gambling against the odds in Myanmar

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceTourism master plan proposes discussions on how legalized gambling could bring in much needed revenue but more pressing economic and political problems take precedence Even the head of Myanmar’s monthly state lottery concedes that gambling, otherwise illegal in the country, takes place on a massive scale.“Myanmar people are interested in gambling, it is a human interest very common in the world,” Thein Naing says, speaking in an upstairs room of the lottery’s main office in downtown Yangon.A hint of that allure can be seen in the state lottery sales. Called Aung Bar Lay in Burmese, the lottery sells around 30 million tickets, priced at 200 kyat each (20 cents) every month, even though millions of Burmese live on around the dollar a day mark.That said, the money spent on the official lottery is probably a pale reflection of the amount that goes to black market gambling. The official...

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