Thai GLO efforts to thwart overpriced lottery tickets stung by three new arrests

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Overpriced lottery tickets remain the scourge of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) following three new arrests, according to the Bangkok Post.

The local news outlet has reported that a 45-year-old man named Thitirat Nakchaiwatana and two unnamed women  have been detained over allegations that they have been selling digital lottery tickets at inflated prices.

The legal price is 80 baht but the trio were reportedly offering 13 government lottery tickets, with three numbers, at 100 baht each.

This comes despite the best efforts of the GLO, who recently launched a new online lottery in a bid to combat the epidemic of overpriced tickets in Thailand.

In fact, sales proved such a hit that they added an extra two million tickets earlier this month.

Speaking at Nakhon Sawan police headquarters on Thursday, Assistant Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn said the three people bought 13 tickets online from the GLO at 80 baht each and offered to resell them at 100 baht each, via the Facebook account of Nakchaiwatana.

Photos of the tickets, for the June 16 draw, were posted on the account.

“They violated the law by selling lottery tickets at an inflated price and buyers risked being cheated because they did not have the legal right of possessing the tickets,” Hakparn said.

The issuing of overpriced lottery tickets is one that has dominated the Thai lottery industry recently, with the Bluedragon Lottery thoroughly investigated before being cleared of the allegation.