Thailand mulls increasing lottery ticket volume to break Tigers’ grip

  Thailand’s Government Lottery Office (GLO) may double the number of tickets on sale as part of its ongoing efforts to set the retail price of lottery tickets and to break the grip of the major distributors who have forced up street prices. The proposal, put forward by GLO chairman Aphiratch Kongsompong, is among the steps being taken by the government agency to reform the popular bi-weekly lottery since the military came to power in May last year. The military, led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has made it a priority to enforce the retail price at 80 baht ($2.2) for a pair of tickets, compared with the 110-baht price that is often ultimately reached. It has also said it will apply jail terms for those caught overcharging. The government is moving to overhaul the allocation of tickets to challenge powerful interests, known as the “Five Tigers,” who have long played a key...

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