Big lottery prize as yet unclaimed
Published on April 17, 2005

Someone seems to have won Bt53 million in the latest two- and three-digit lottery drawing with a ticket bought from a lottery trader in Chumphon province, an official said yesterday. The lucky winner has not yet come forward or been identified, although the Government Lottery Office does know where it was bought.

The GLO announced the latest lottery results yesterday, adding that very few people had shown up at the office to claim their winnings as the country celebrated three consecutive days of Songkran holidays before the weekend.

The jackpot prize for the two- and three-digit lottery rose to Bt106 million. The person who owned the winning ticket would have received the full amount if the full Bt100 price of the ticket had been paid. However, the lucky owner had bought the ticket for Bt50, which means the winning amount is slashed in half.

Punters can buy tickets for any amount from Bt1

to Bt100 and take home the corresponding percen-

tage amount of the top prize if their number comes up.

The winning prize of Bt53 million is not the highest prize ever won: Bt57 million was paid out in August.

Surasith Sungkhapong, the GLO director, said that the sales for this round totalled Bt1.3 billion. The GLO made Bt464 million in profit. However, sales for the next round are expected to drop due to the reopening of schools.

Surasith says that the GLO is cooperating with

the Office of the Royal Thai Police to examine ticket-sellers who charge inflated prices. He added that the GLO would also set up a 24-hour hotline for consumer protection.

The Nation

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