BANGKOK – A Myanmar migrant couple who have been working in Thailand for a few years now won 6 million baht (US$170,439), one of the highest prizes in Thailand’s lottery, the Thailand-based Aid Alliance Committee (AAC) migrants rights group told The Myanmar Times on Sunday.
“This is the third time Myanmar migrants won big in the lottery in 2018. A couple also won the lottery a few months ago,” said Ko Ye Min, a senior member of AAC.
He said that AAC had to help in getting the lottery prize from the Thai government as the winning couple sought the organisation’s help in taking out the money.
Ko Ye Min said the lottery winner had paid 30,000 Baht to the government for taxes as required by laws in Thailand.
“My work is very hard here. We only get paid if we work. So, I am very elated for winning the Thai lottery,” Ma Zin Mar Win, lottery winner said in an interview video clip made by AAC.
The couple came from Bago Region of Myanmar and they have been working in Thailand legally since 2012.
AAC had to help them in transferring their money to Myanmar via the bank and also helped them to return to Myanmar safely.
Ko Ye Min has warned all Myanmar migrants to be careful in talking to people if they win in a lottery and only deal with trusted non-government groups or with the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand.
The winning couple, Ko Zaw Tun and Ma Zin Mar Win donated 50,000 Baht to the AAC’s committee for aiding flooded victims in Myanmar and also donated some money to the AAC for Myanmar migrant affairs in Thailand.
Ko Ye Min said that AAC’s temporary committee for Myanmar flood victims has delivered relief goods and materials to flood victims valued at over K30 million, which were donated by the Myanmar migrants in Thailand.