The Government Lottery Office (GLO), Boonsong Jantrisri, said on Sunday that lottery sellers are no longer allowed to ask for a fee on top of the usual price of Bt80 for one lottery ticket
This statement had come after a social media post that went viral showing a picture of a vendor asking for a fee of Bt10 to Bt20 was highly criticised by citizens since last week
“Asking for an additional fee constitutes price gouging and is punishable with up to Bt10,000 fine and revocation of a permit,” he warned.
“The GLO recently increased the profit margin of registered sellers from 7 per cent (Bt5.6 per ticket) to 12 per cent (Bt9.6 per ticket). The profit should be enough for sellers to maintain their business and livelihood, and therefore asking for additional fees is inexcusable.”
Boonsong also stated that the GLO are now offering rewards of Bt1,000 to anyone that is willing to give information about those that are still asking for a fee. while officials who catch wrongdoers will be rewarded based on the fine in each case, but not exceeding Bt2,000.
“The GLO has earmarked Bt8 million for cash rewards, which will be paid once the offenders confess to their crime and pay the fine,” he added.
According to GLO’s statistics, 6,047 lottery sellers had been found guilty of price gouging in 2020 and their permits were revoked.