Online lottery key to distribution reform?

Thai government efforts to reform its multi-billion dollar state lottery appear to be making little headway, with experts saying some of the fundamental problems are unlikely to be resolved until an online system is introduced. The military government, under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, promised to overhaul the lottery to break the power of powerful distribution syndicates, known as the Five Tigers, and bring down ticket prices. Retail prices are nominally 80 baht ($2.22) for a pair of tickets, but the syndicates and other organizations purchase tickets through a quota system, which has led to price mark ups of up to 50 percent for popular digits. Prayut in early 2015 gave assurances lottery quotas for the Five Tigers, due to expire in July 2015, would not be extended. The quotas were to be reallocated to retailers. But Visanu Vongsinsirikul, an economics lecturer at Dhurakit Pundit University in Bangkok, says retailers have in turn sold...

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