Government lottery machines “New Year’s gift to the people”

Thais divided on lottery ticket machines – LA Times, November 12, 2012
…The government lottery board hopes that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of machines will start disgorging tickets on the street and in shops by January.
“We wanted it to be a New Year’s gift to the people,” says Thanusak Lekuthai, the deputy finance minister. (And to the government too: Some projections suggest the machines could increase its take to as much as $160 million a month from about $33 million.)
Although street vendors sell official lottery tickets, a parallel network of illegal brokers markets illegal lottery tickets. By some estimates, Thais spend $10 billion annually on illegal gambling, much of it in huay tai din, or underground lottery houses…

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