Number of Thai lottery e-tickets set to rise as overpricing issue allegedly resolved

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Thai officials are set to stage talks on Monday over ways in which to increase the number of government e-lottery tickets sold via the Paotang app, the Bangkok Post has reported.

According to Lavaron Sangsnit, Chair of the Government Lottery Office (GLO), ‘overwhelming’ online lottery ticket sales have won the confidence of buyers.

The July 1 draw saw five million e-lottery tickets purchased three days after they were made available for sale on June 17.

Anucha Nakasai, Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister, has stated that a government committee is now set to explore opportunities for vendors who want to sell online tickets.

Nakasai has also asserted his belief that the practice fixes the long-standing issue of overpriced tickets, which has initiated the launch of two government-run lotteries later this year.

The fixed online price of 80 baht per ticket works as an alternative for buyers, a policy endorsed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, said Nakasai.

The Paotang app registers every purchase online and buyers can claim their prizes regardless of whether they have physical tickets or not.

Sangsnit claims the app also sends notifications if buyers have won a prize and provides a convenient platform to claim lottery winnings.

Purchase history is recorded on the application for a year.

Nonetheless, despite a rise in popularity over e-tickets, the GLO are still seeking to strike a balance between the number of online and physical tickets.