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Government Lottery Office of Thailand
Address: 3 Rajdamnern Avenue Bangkok 10200
Phone: +662 629 3604
Fax: +662 282 1579
Population: 60 million
Acting Director General: Wanchai Surakul
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Sales FY 2006: 91.8 billion baht
Prize Return: 60%
On-line Vendor: N/A
Instant Ticket Vendor: N/A
ITVMs None
Games Offered: Thai Lottery (Traditional Passive Lottery)

Background Information

Thailand occupies the western half of the Indochinese peninsula and the northern two-thirds of the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia. Its neighbors are Burma (Myanmar) on the north and west, Laos on the north and northeast, Cambodia on the east, and Malaysia on the south. Thailand is about the size of France.

News 2014
October 16, 2014 GLO Board Chairman Says Efforts to Control Lottery Price Failed
August 18, 2014 GLO Nominates New Lottery Chief
July 18, 2014 National Council Sets Lower Price for Lottery Tickets
July 18, 2014 Angry Lotto Vendors Defy Relocation Order
July 7, 2014 Existing Lottery Contracts May not be Renewed
July 3, 2014 Network Seeks Investigation of lottery Fund Dispersement
July 3, 2014 Vendors Call for a Fair Share of Profit
June 30, 2014 Activists Calls on Lottery Executives to Resign
June 25, 2014 Insurance Needed for Lottery Ticket Deliveries
June 24, 2014 Reward Offered for Return of Lottery Tickets
June 20, 2014 Lottery Tickets Lost in Transit
June 20, 2014 GLO to Launch Inquiry Into Overpriced Lottery Tickets
June 17, 2014 Board Invites Wholesalers and Agents to Discuss Measures to Control Ticket Overpricing
June 13, 2014 Authorities Monitor and Block Websites in Illegal Sports Betting
June 13, 2014 Government Requests Corrective Measures on Lottery Ticket Pricing
May 13, 2014 Lottery Office Looks to Issuing Scratch Tickets
March 28, 2014 Government Lottery Office to Purchase New Drawing Equipment to Dispel Rigging Allegations

News 2013
March 17, 2014 Lottery Dismisses Further Claims that Draws are Compromised
September 4, 2013 Lottery Donates to Rebuild Infrastructure after Flash Floods
July 16, 2013 Lotto Vendor Registration Reaches its Peak
June 14, 2013 Calls for Lottery Draws to be Automated
March 21, 2013 Bill to Amend Lottery Law Would Make the Lottery Vulnerable to Corruption: Academics
March 14, 2013 Incumbent Lottery Operator Intends to Keep Contract
March 12, 2013 Government Lottery Employee Found Guilty of Fraud
March 3, 2013 Korean Giant Likely to Win Online Lottery Contract
February 27, 2013 Poll: Public Perception of Thailand’s Lottery is One of Mistrust
February 19, 2013 Bangkok Election Commission Asked to Investigate Lottery Draw
February 15, 2013 Government Stages Public Lottery Draw to Dispel Rumors of Rigging
February 3, 2013 Lottery Players Make Bizarre Accusations Concerning Lottery Drawings
January 29, 2013 Centre for Gambling Studies Advocates New Legislation

News 2012
November 12, 2012 Thais Divided on the Benefits of Lottery Ticket Machines
October 29, 2012 Online Lottery to Face Further Delays
October 17, 2012 Lottery-Vending Machines Opposed
October 18, 2012 Special Investigation Unit Freeze Assets of Cambodian Online Gambling Websites
October 17, 2012 GLO Board Defers Approval of 2 and 3-digit Lotteries
October 15, 2012 Government Savings Bank Lottery Programme Tickles the Inner Gambling Streak of Consumers
October 9, 2012 Cabinet Approves Online Lottery Guidelines
August 20, 2012 GLO to Have Online Lottery Up by the End of 2012
August 9, 2012 Online Lotteries to be Put on Hold Pending Government Approval
August 2, 2012 Department of Special Investigation To Indict 15 For B25bn Lottery Scam
July 3, 2012 GLO to Proceed with Online Lottery Project Ahead of AEC
June 25, 2012 Police Chief Subject to Probe of Alleged Obstruction Into Raid on Gambling Den
June 19, 2012 New Lottery Chief Approved By Cabinet
May 4, 2012 Lottery Mulls Regional Ticket Sales
April 21, 2012 Government Lottery Office Union Comes Out in Support of Sacked Director
April 11, 2012 GLO Board Passes Resolution to Remove Lottery Office Chief
March 16, 2012 Government to Revive On-Line Lotto Project
February 6, 2012 Call For Lottery Office To Restructure Its Ticket Distribution System
January 23, 2012 Calls for the Government to Delay Passage of Its Gambling Bill

News 2011
December 11, 2011 Lottery Office Bomb Linked to Three Others in Last Four Years
October 10, 2011 Government Lottery Office's Casino Proposal Under Fire
September 30, 2011 Prime Minister Downplays the Idea of Legalizing Gambling Casinos
September 27, 2011 Lottery Inquiry Due To Finish Next Week
Sept 9, 2011 Cabinet Appoints Three New Government Lottery Office Board Members
August 11, 2011 Lottery Office Makes Significant Contribution To Government Revenue
August 7, 2011 Department of Special Investigation Plans to Freeze Assets in Alleged Lottery Pyramid Scheme
July 7, 2011 Lottery Likely To Finance New Government's Populist Policies; Online Lottery Could be Revived Immediately
May 10, 2011 Lottery Does Its Part to Contribute to Surplus
May 3, 2011 PM Gives GLO Green Light to Implement Long-Awaited Online Lottery
April 23, 2011 After Two and a Half Years the Issue of the 2-3 Digit Online Lottery Still Remains Unresolved
Jan 3, 2011 Lottery-Based Gambling Rampant Among Itinerant Filipino Workers

News 2010
December 9, 2010 New Push For Online Lottery Ticket Sales to Stop Overpricing
June 19, 2010 Flawed Ticket Allocation System Blamed for Overpriced Lottery Tickets
June 10, 2010 Prime Minister Orders Inquiry Into Lottery Rally Dispersal
June 9, 2010 Police Break Up Lottery Protest
May 23, 2010 Thailand’s Anti-Government Protests Shut Down Burmese Lottery
April 30, 2010 Lottery Former Chief Acquitted of Lottery Draw Fixing
April 26, 2010 Department of Special Investigation Finds Lottery Project Broke the Law, Recommends Halt
April 7, 2010 Lottery Office Leads the Way in Terms of Profit Transfers
March 15, 2010 Thailand’s Lottery Results Will Not Be Delayed
March 2, 2010 Online Lottery Contract 'Breached Law'
Feb 27, 2010 Online Lottery Changes Track, Government Seeks Advice on Alternative Use for Controversial Lotto Machines to Print and Sell Traditional Six-Digit Tickets
Feb 24, 2010 Supreme Court Rules GLO is Not Required to Pay Damages to Jaco
Feb 20, 2010 Government Eyes Alternative Lottery Plan
Feb 14, 2010 Proposals For Overhauling The Problem-Plagued Government Lottery System Do Not Include Aborting The Online Lottery
Feb 14, 2010 Proposals For Overhauling The Problem-Plagued Government Lottery System Do Not Include Aborting The Online Lottery
Feb 4, 2010 Lottery Vendors Move-on Allowing Work to start on 1992 Monument
Jan 30, 2010 Lottery Panel to Question Former GLO Chairmen
Jan 15, 2010 Bank to Examine LGT's Lotto Machines; LGT Payment Could be B400-1,800 Million
January 14, 2010 GTech Reportedly Ready to Drop Legal Action and Cooperate With the Thai Government

Delay in Announcing Lottery Cancellation Questionable
BANGKOK, Thailand (January 10, 2010) - It was reported today that a Thammasat University countrywide survey revealed that more than 60% of respondents supported the online lottery....................Subscribers

Online Lottery Compensation Panel Taking Shape; Loxley Gtech Will Accept Government’s Decision; Lottery Vendors Vent Anger Towards Government
BANGKOK, Thailand (January 7, 2010) - The head of the inquiry into terminating the online two- and three-digit lottery concession has outlined the make-up of the panel and the criteria to be followed ................Subscribers

Online Lottery Vendors To Meet PM
BANGKOK, Thailand (January 6, 2010) – Reports that representatives of registered online lottery vendors will meet Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the implications of his decision to cancel the new lottery shortly before it was due to be launched...................Subscribers

Legal War Looms Over Lottery Ban
Cabinet, Loxley Differ On Compensation Calculation; GLO Suspends Project, Waits For Panel Decision
BANGKOK, Thailand (January 6, 2010) –A leading Thai newspaper reported today that the State Enterprise Policy Office has urged the government to move cautiously on the controversial online-lottery issue, with a possible legal war looming between the Cabinet and Loxley due to huge differences in calculating compensation........................Subscribers

Thai Market Influenced By Potential Online Lottery Cancellation
BANGKOK, Thailand (January 4, 2010) - Thai shares performed poorly on the first trading day of the New Year as profit-taking and media reports on the potential cancellation of the online lottery subdued the market.......................Subscribers

PM to Meet Executives of Loxley on Lottery, GLO Puts All work On New Lottery On Hold, Government Faces B3bn Suit Over Lottery
BANGKOK, Thailand (January 5, 2010) – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he will meet with executives of Loxley GTech Technology after he receives the report of a working group assigned to explore ways of compensating the contractor if the government cancels the online lottery......................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

Loxley Asks Lawyers to Study Government Plan to Scrap Online Lottery Project
BANGKOK, Thailand (December 3, 2009) – According to local media reports Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva plans to convene a working group to find a way to "smoothly" cancel the proposed online lottery...................Subscribers

Thai Police Outwit Wanted Suspects With Mock Lotteries
BANGKOK, Thailand (December 25, 2009) - Thai police have arrested 14 suspects from its wanted list after sending them fake 'letters of happiness' according to which they allegedly won lotteries...............Subscribers

New On-Line Lottery Scheme Gets the OK
BANGKOK, Thailand (December 5, 2009) - The Government Lottery Office (GLO) board has resolved to go ahead with the on-line lottery scheme, it was reported that board member................Subscribers

Live Television Broadcast of Lottery Drawing to be Postponed Until January
Charity Lottery Tickets Distribution Quota to be Announced
BANGKOK, Thailand (December 2, 2009) - The Government Lottery Office (GLO) revealed that a live television broadcast of the lottery drawing is to be postponed until January 16 next year and that quota distribution for charity lottery tickets will be announced soon........................Subscribers

Bank Sees THB70 Billion From New Series of Savings Lottery Certificates
BANGKOK, Thailand (October 30, 2009) -- The Government Savings Bank yesterday launched a new series of savings lottery certificates, a five-year issue paying an average return of 7.5% over the total term...................Subscribers

Poll Shows Majority Support Online Lottery
BANGKOK, Thailand (October 6, 2009) -The majority of people voiced support for the Government Lottery Office (GLO) to operate two- and three-digit online lottery.................Subscribers

Former Government Lottery Director Arrested
BANGKOK, Thailand (October 6, 2009) -- Pol Maj-Gen Surasit Sangkhapong, a former director of the Government Lottery Office (GLO), was arrested on Tuesday by immigration police ...................Subscribers

Thai lottery Very Popular in Burma
HONG KONG, SAR (October 1, 2009) – According to a Press report the two- and three-digit lottery is as popular in Burma as it is in Thailand, perhaps more so...................Subscribers

Supreme Court Ruling Hands Lottery Office B21.6 Billion Tax Bill
BANGKOK, Thailand (October 3, 2009) -- The Government Lottery Office (GLO) is liable to pay 21.66 billion baht in tax to relevant government agencies following a Supreme Court ruling that the two- and three-digit lottery scheme is unlawful..................Subscribers

Three Officials Found Guilty in Lottery Scheme
BANGKOK, Thailand (September 30, 2009) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday found three senior government officials guilty of violating Government Lottery Office (GLO) law involving the two- and three-digit lottery scheme...................Subscribers

Ministry To Tackle Lottery Overcharging
BANGKOK, Thailand (September 19, 2009) - According to local news sources the Government Lottery Office (GLO), along with the Finance and Commerce Ministries, is attempting to solve the issue of Lottery Overcharging.................Subscribers

GLO to Overhaul Lottery Sales System
BANGKOK, Thailand (September 14, 2009) - The Government Lottery Office (GLO) is considering a revamp of lottery sales system after receiving a myriad of complaints, particularly on the overpricing problem....................Subscribers

Appeal Court Rejects Lottery Vendor’s Plea, Orders Vendor to Pay Bt6.1 Million Lottery Prize to Player
THAILAND (September 9, 2009) – A local newspaper reports that after a five year delay due to a court battle over theft accusations, Sith Kitjapreuk, 76, will finally get his hands on a Bt6.1 million lottery prize, as the Appeal Court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by a lottery vendor......................Subscribers

Lottery Office Seeks to Issue Ten Million More Lottery Tickets
BANGKOK, Thailand (August 31, 2009) -- The Government Lottery Office will seek approval from the GLO board to issue ten (10) million more lottery tickets to solve the problems of overcharged lottery prices....................Subscribers

Court to Rule on Lottery Case Next Month
BANGKOK, Thailand (August 19, 2009) - The Supreme Court will issue its verdict in the online lottery case on Sept 30, it announced on Wednesday......................Subscribers

Poll Shows Many Support Online Lottery
BANGKOK, Thailand (August 9, 2009) – According to News Sources the latest survey revealed that many respondents supported the legalisation of the online lottery scheme due to the expensive illegal lottery prices..................... Subscribers

Online Lottery Gets Legal Green Light
BANGKOK, Thailand (August 8, 2009) -- The Council of State has given the go-ahead for the Finance Ministry's long-delayed online lottery.....................Subscribers

Council of State Advises Online Lottery Lawful; GLO to Conduct Public Poll
BANGKOK, Thailand (August 5, 2009) -- The Council of State has advised that the operation of the two- and three-digit online lottery is lawful...................Subscribers

Lottery Survey To Decide Whether Online Game Should Proceed
BANGKOK, Thailand (July 16, 2009) -- News sources reported the Government Lottery Office (GLO) said today that Thammasat University has been asked to oversee a public survey on the online lottery before the government decides whether the project should proceed.....................Subscribers

Deputy Finance Minister Wants Lottery Director to Stay
BANGKOK, Thailand (July 3, 2009) -- Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Pataraprasit is reported to have said yesterday that he wished Wanchai Surakul would remain as director-general of the Government Lottery Office (GLO)....................Subscribers

Government Lottery Director Resigns
BANGKOK, Post (July 2, 2009) – News sources reported that Director-general of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) Wanchai Surakul handed his resignation to finance permanent secretary and chairman of the GLO board Sathit Limphongphan on Thursday morning.................Subscribers

Lottery Chief Mulls Tendering Resignation
BANGKOK, Thailand (July 1, 2009) - Government Lottery Office (GLO) director-general Wanchai Surakul is considering leaving the agency following the continuing controversy over the long-delayed online lottery scheme......................Subscribers

Minister Says the Re-introduction of Lotteries in the State is “His Personal Idea
BANGLORE, India (June 30, 2009) – News sources reported today that the Minister for Lottery and Small Savings, K Shivanagowda Nayak, said the 'Re-introduction of lottery in State is my personal idea and not of the government"..................Subscribers

Public Hearing on Online Lotto Set For July 10th
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 30, 2009) -- The Government Lottery Office (GLO) will hold a public hearing on July 10 to take opinions on the planned launch of online lottery ticket sales...................Subscribers

Lottery Sellers Oppose Online Lottery, Fear Job Loses
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 24, 2009) -  local news sources reported that more than 200 lottery sellers, many of them disabled, gathered in front of the Democrat party head office on Wednesday....................Subscribers

Council of State to Recheck Lottery's Legality
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 23, 2009) -- The Finance Ministry has reportedly asked the Council of State to reinvestigate whether the online-lottery scheme violates any laws. It also plans further research into the social impact, which would effectively lead to a further delay in the two- and three-digit lottery scheme.....................Subscribers

Government Lottery Office Presses for Online Lotto Go-Ahead
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 22, 2009) -- Government Lottery Office (GLO) Director Wanchai Surakul said on Monday that he would seek a discussion with the agency's chairman, Sathit Limpongpun who is also Finance Ministry's permanent secretary, on the proceeding with the online lottery scheme...................Subscribers

Poll Finds Support For Online Lottery
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 19, 2009) – According to reports an opinion poll by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University has found that the majority of people, or 60.24 per cent, support the online lottery, reasoning that it would generate income for the state to use in developing the country and solve the problem of the underground lottery. ......................Subscribers

On-Again-Off-Again -- GLO Asked To Review Online Lottery Scheme
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 18, 2009) - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insists his government does not encourage people to gamble and is sill weighing the benefits and drawbacks of launching the online lottery.....................Subscribers

Online Lottery Moves Closer; Deputy Prime Endorses Online Lotto Scheme
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 17, 2009) --  Deputy Prime Minister Pradit Patraprasit on Wednesday announced that he already endorsed the Government Lottery Office's plan to issue online lottery...................Subscribers

Online Lottery Talks Next Week
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 16, 2009) -- Government Lottery Office (GLO) Director Wanchai Surakul said on Tuesday he will seek a meeting with Sathit Limpongphan, the new permanent secretary for finance, next week to discuss introducing the long-stalled online lottery......................Subscribers

Special Lotteries to Fund Three Construction Projects
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 11, 2009) – One of Thailand’s leading newspaper reported yesterday that Deputy BMA Governor Theerachon Manomaipibul said a meeting with financial experts yesterday had set two guidelines. One was that the BMA would issue 24 rounds of a special lottery to fund the construction of Bang Khunthien Hospital, the senior people's home and a homeless people's shelter in Nakhon Pathom's Nakhon Chaisi district......................Subscribers

Permanent Secretary to Oversee Online Lottery Program, GLO in Top Five Revenue Contributors
BANGKOK, Thailand (June 5, 2009) --  According to local media sources Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij will soon meet with permanent secretary Sathit Limpongpan to discuss economic pump-priming measures and the direction of state enterprises Krung Thai Bank, Thai Airways International and the Government Lottery Office (GLO). .........................Subscribers

Sellers Demand End to Delay in Launching Online Lottery Project
BANGKOK, Thailand (May 12, 2009) -- A group of lottery sellers filed a complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Tuesday, accusing Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij of neglecting the online lottery project.........................Subscribers

Online Lotto Vendors Pressure Government for Green Light
BANGKOK, Thailand (May 6, 2009) – According to local media reports two-and three-digit lotto vendors on Wednesday submitted a petition to Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij at the Finance Ministry, asking the ministry to speed up the long-delayed online lotto scheme......................Subscribers

GLO Can Resume Sales of Digit Lotto But Profit 'MUST' Go To State
BANGKOK, Thailand (April 21, 2009) -- The Council of State says the Government Lottery Office (GLO) can re-launch the two- and three-digit lottery scheme if revenues from ticket sales go to the state....................Subscribers

2 & 3 Digit Lotto to Resume Distribution in 45 Days If Approved by Cabinet
BANGKOK, Thailand (April 20, 2009) -- The Government Lottery Office (GLO) says it is ready to release the two-and-three digit lotto distribution again in 45 days if the Cabinet gives it the go-ahead..................Subscribers

Finance Minister Says the Government Would Go Ahead With Its Online Lottery Project Under the Lottery Act
BANGKOK, Thailand (March 24, 2009) – According to local media reports the government is planning to use proceeds from the former digit-lottery sales to fund economic stimulus measures..................Subscribers


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