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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha warned today that he might scrap the government lottery if the retail price of lottery cannot be kept at 80 baht a piece.
However, he said that if the lottery was to be scrapped completely, a lot of people would be affected. He admitted that he didn’t want to go that extreme.
The prime minister disclosed that once lottery concession expired in June, it would be extended and lottery quota would be reallocated into four parts namely the quota for the Government Lottery Office Foundation; charitable associations; provincial administrations and low-income earners.
He made clear that the lottery allocated to the four groups of recipients had to be sold to the consumers and could not be sold to middlemen for reselling to the retailers otherwise the quota allocated would be confiscated.
Asked to comment on Deputy Finance Minister Visut Srisuphan’s claim that as much as 15 billion baht in under-the-table commissions had been paid by lottery wholesalers to politicians and officials, the prime minister said he had no idea about the claim but suggested that if there was to be an investigation, then the last government should be investigated about where the money had gone and to whom.