Lottery vendors in Buri Ram are demanding that the Government Lottery Office sells lottery tickets in sets directly to the vendors instead of through the agents so that they can sell the tickets at 80 baht apiece.
The vendors complained that they were charged 92-95 baht apiece for set lottery tickets from the middlemen, which, they claimed, forced them to sell the tickets to the end buyers at 100 baht or more for a single ticket so they could make some profits to make a living.
One of the vendors, Mrs Nittaya Noiprom, told the media today (Sunday) that she was charged 1,600 baht for a set of ten tickets and she expected to sell the whole set at 2,200 baht.
However, she admitted that she could not sell them at the price she had wanted and she had to discount the price to 1,800 baht per set in order to get rid of them before the announcement of the lottery results this afternoon.
For a set of five tickets, Mrs Nittaya claimed that she paid the middleman 665 baht for a set and expected to sell it at 900 baht but, finally, had to be contented with just 700 baht today.
Earlier, the GLO said it would sell lottery tickets in sets to do away with overpricing of lottery tickets allegedly starting from wholesalers who arranged lottery tickets in sets to claim higher prices.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)