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GLO execs should quit, activists say

Posted by pakin On June - 30 - 2014

The Government Lottery Office (GLO)’s executives are failing in their duty to solve the problem of inflated lottery ticket prices, activists say.

Thanakorn Khomkrit, a coordinator for the People’s Network for the Reform of Lottery, said yesterday the GLO’s executives should resign as they admitted they cannot keep the retail price of tickets at the correct price of 80 baht a pair nationwide.

Lt Gen Anantaporn Kanchanarat, head of the state budget monitoring and scrutinising committee assigned by the National Council for Peace and Oder (NCPO) to tackle inflated lottery ticket prices, held talks with GLO executives.

He asked them to seek cooperation from wholesalers and retailers to sell the tickets at the correct market price. At present, most sell their tickets for 100-110 baht.

As an immediate step, the NCPO said people will be able to buy tickets at 80 baht a pair at makeshift pavilions set up in front of GLO headquarters on Samambin Nam Road. However, the price of lottery tickets elsewhere may be higher.

Mr Thanakorn said overpriced tickets cannot be tackled easily as vendors who are not given a quota to buy tickets directly from the GLO have to buy from retailers at a higher price.

He suggested the Anantaporn panel seeks advice on how to deal with the problem from academics at Chulalongkorn University’s Centre for Gambling Studies, and from his network. The resignation of GLO executives would allow the NCPO to get to the root of the problem.

Mr Thanakorn said he will lodge a complaint with the Office of the Auditor-General to examine the GLO’s expenditure and its organisational transparency.

Each year, the GLO earns revenue in excess of two billion baht from the sale of the lottery tickets.

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