Lottery in Thailand

thai lotto

Lottery in thailand is one of the two main legal forms of gambling in Thailand, and is played by over 19 million people every month. The thai lotto is held twice a month on the first and 16th, and draws are televised live. The top prize is 30 million baht, but the odds are quite low: only 1 in 1,000,000.

Lottery tickets in Thailand are sold by street vendors. They carry a box full of tickets strapped to their bicycles, and are often seen in the streets. They are often poor, deaf or blind, and for them, the lottery is a way to earn a living. However, since the military government took power in 2014, it has become harder for them to make ends meet.

The thai lotto is organized and run by the government lottery office (GLO). It is similar to other national lotteries around the world, except that it offers different prizes and has a higher jackpot amount. The GLO also sets a maximum price for tickets, which helps to discourage ticket scalping. The lottery is a popular pastime in Thailand, and it has been estimated that the average Thai citizen spends nearly two thousand baht per month on tickets.

To play the thai lotto, you must choose six numbers between one and nine. Each number is associated with a different prize. For example, the number four will win you a small prize, while the number five will earn you a medium prize, and the number six will get you a large prize. The winning numbers are chosen using a random generator. If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can purchase multiple tickets.

Each ticket is printed on special paper, which features a watermark of Wayupak, a mythical bird, and a hidden silk thread that only becomes visible under ultraviolet light. In addition, the paper is treated with chemicals that make it difficult to counterfeit. It is a common practice for lottery sellers to add markups to the official ticket prices.

A winning ticket must be presented along with a photo ID and bank account details in order to claim the prize. The winner must also sign the back of the ticket. If a winning ticket is not claimed within two years, it will be considered forfeited. If the winner is a foreign citizen, they will need to submit their passport as well.

Winners should be aware that they will have to shoulder a 0.5% stamp duty on winnings from the government lottery, and 1% on winnings from charitable lotteries. If they wish to cash in the prize, they must visit any authorized retail venue. Larger sums of money will have to be claimed at the head GLO office in Nonthaburi. The GLO will then issue a cheque. The claiming process can be complicated, and it is recommended that you consult an experienced lawyer.