The Thai Government Lottery Office is considering a move to implement a digital lottery to combat physical retail vendors who are selling lottery tickets at inflated prices, according to reports.
As reported by The Bangkok Post, Thanawat Polvichai, a member and spokesman for the lottery office suggested that the digital lottery is among the options considered to curb the problem of overpriced lottery tickets and will be discussed in a meeting later this week.
Other options on the table include lotto, pictorial lottery tickets and two-and three-digit lottery tickets.
Polvichai told The Bangkok Post: “We have to admit that the online selling of government lottery tickets is gaining popularity among young people. However, this change won’t impact existing registered vendors.”
It is as yet unknown what proportion of future tickets will be physical but Thailand is already behind its neighbours in Vietnam and Laos in terms of digital lottery.
The GLO is intent on ensuring that the 80-baht priced lottery tickets are sold for that price rather than the inflated prices of the physical vendors.
It is reported that these vendors are people who lost their jobs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and turned to selling lottery tickets to make a living.