Thailand’s Government Lottery Office (GLO), a state-owned firm under the Finance Ministry, intends to transition progressively from traditional to digital lottery stalls beginning next month, according to permanent finance secretary Lavaron Sangsnit.
Mr Lavaron, chairman of the GLO board, stated that the office has been selling digital lottery tickets using the Pao Tang application since 2022 to reduce ticket sales that exceed the specified price of 80 baht for each copy.
GLO intends to give another channel for small vendors to sell digital lottery tickets via iPads or mobile phones. He said buyers can still select their desired numbers, just as they would with conventional lottery tickets. The office currently offers lottery tickets in both digital and paper modes.
General merchants sell approximately 80 million tickets, while the Pao Tang app sells 22 million tickets for 102 million. GLO intends to raise the number of digital lottery tickets progressively to reduce the impact on street vendors, who mostly sell physical tickets.
In response to public demand, the office plans to expand digital lottery ticket sales to 23 million in February and 25-30 million by the end of the year.
GLO also intends to produce three-digit lottery tickets to compete with the underground lottery, with a mid-year debut date. Last year, 466 million digital lottery tickets were sold for 37.3 billion baht, with 1.27 million digital tickets winning cash prizes totalling 22.3 billion baht.
One lottery winner received 22 winning tickets for the first prize, totalling 132 million baht.
Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan were the top three provinces for lottery winners.
Thailand’s Government lottery
Thailand’s state lottery is a revered tradition that captivates the country with the prospect of life-changing riches and the excitement of anticipation. Thais from all walks of life excitedly participate in the lottery, expecting to strike it big and fulfil their aspirations.
The Thai state lottery is strongly established in Thai culture and traditions, with origins spanning decades. It’s more than simply a game of chance; it’s a community activity that brings people from many backgrounds together in a common pursuit of good fortune.
The allure of the lottery goes beyond the promise of monetary prizes; it represents optimism, superstition, and the belief in fortunate numbers that might impact fate.
Whether it’s the bustling markets, cosy neighbourhood businesses, or street vendors, the air is thick with excitement as ticket holders await the announcement of the winning numbers.
Lottery Draws Twice a Month
The Thai state lottery laws are painstakingly detailed to promote fairness and transparency. Each ticket has a six-digit number, which participants can select or have randomly assigned.
The drawings are conducted twice a month, on the first and sixteenth, with the results televised nationally and reported in newspapers. Prizes vary according to the precision of the numbers matched, with large payouts for those who strike the jackpot.
The restrictions include covering permitted sellers, prohibiting underage involvement, and emphasizing safe gaming activities. Thailand’s official lottery is more than a game; it’s a cultural phenomenon that runs across Thai society, intertwining tradition, anticipation, and the zealous quest for luck.
The lottery continues to attract millions with its promise of prosperity, and it remains an important element of Thailand’s vibrant tapestry, captivating the collective imagination and linking communities in the ageless chase of dreams.
So, whether you’re wandering through Bangkok’s bustling streets or touring the tranquil countryside, the dynamic spirit of Thailand’s national lottery is a constant reminder of the ongoing human desire for a better tomorrow.