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Blue Dragon lottery network raids reach Phuket

Blue Dragon lottery network raids reach Phuket

PHUKET: The government’s crackdown on the sale of overpriced lottery tickets reached Phuket yesterday (Mar 30) when three locations on the island were raided for selling tickets sold through the Blue Dragon Lottery online platform.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 31 March 2022, 09:30AM


Region 8 Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Naphanwut Liamsanguan led the raids, one at a home in Moo 6 Rassada, another at a home in Moo Baan Thanthong also in Rassada, and a third at a home on Patak Rd, Karon.

Maj Gen Naphanwut said that the raids in Phuket were part of coordinated raids at 13 locations in seven provinces: Phuket, Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani, Ranong and Phang Nga.

The raids were ordered by assistant police chief Pol Lt Gen Prachuap Wongsuk, Maj Gen Naphanwut explained.

Lt Gen Prachuap led the raid on the offices of Lottery Online Co in Bangkok on Monday, where “millions of lottery tickets” were seized.

The raid in the capital followed similar raids last Friday on offices in Nonthaburi and Loei operated by lottery middleman company Mungkornfa.

The raids were executed under search warrants issued, Maj Gen Naphanwut said.

The people arrested at the three locations in Phuket were not representatives of Blue Dragon Lottery, Maj Gen Naphanwut noted.

“They worked as a type of agent whereby Blue Dragon sold lottery tickets to them at B90-97 each, which the agent had to sell for B100-105, or more,” he said.

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“Blue Dragon is involved in selling overpriced lottery tickets to agents, and agents themselves are selling overpriced ticket.,

“Regardless of where Blue Dragon gets the lottery tickets from, Blue Dragon sells overpriced lottery tickets to agents and the general public,” he said.

Evidence seized, including computers adn bankbooks, were handed over to the Tha Chatchai Police, who are stationed near the Region 8 Police headquarters at the northern end of the island.

Officers are now investigating whether the people arrested would face any charges, Maj Gen Naphanwut said.

Seksakol Attawong, a deputy minister at the Prime Minister’s Office who is spearheading the government crackdown, earlier this week said the aim was to deter ordinary people from engaging in selling overpriced tickets.

Meanwhile, companies set up to make millions out of the practice stood to face prosecution, he said.

After the raid in Bangkok on Monday, Lt Gen Prachuap said that evidence had been found of ticket transactions of more than B100 million baht per lottery draw.

The vendors involved who had lottery ticket quotas with the Government Lottery Office (GLO) would lose their quota, he said.

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Kurt | 01 April 2022 - 09:53:32

How much the vendor must pay himself for the tickets, and how much he pays for the stand in a Makro, Tesco Lotus or 7-Eleven shop? To tackle the 'problem 'at ministerial/general level' is because the enormous (cartels) amount of money involved what goes far over the head of a RTP sergeant's level. They don't like to see a sergeant driving a ferrari.

CaptainJack69 | 31 March 2022 - 12:59:25

Overpriced? I regularly see vendors selling so-called 'lucky' number tickets for as much as 150B each. It's up to the vendor to decide how much to charge, and the customer how much they're willing to pay (assuming you're foolish enough to go along with the idea of 'lucky' numbers). Clearly more going on behind the scenes here, lots of money involved.

Fascinated | 31 March 2022 - 10:39:22

Why are Maj Gens conducting 'raids that a Sgt could do? Must me all about the photo op. Can one imagine the Commissioner of the Met Police in the UK raiding a lottery shop!

Kurt | 31 March 2022 - 10:36:46

A deputy Minister ( general?) plus 2 generals.  ..Evidence has been found!...  hahaha, one must be seeing blind not to see/know many years of this lottery ticket cartels. Probably not shuffled enough kick backs to relevant people. "Now we warn/teach them a lesson".

Nasa12 | 31 March 2022 - 09:59:58

It’s funny to se how Tesco Lotus, Makro, PTT gas station +++ rents out space to these "mafia" people, who sell lotteries at over price.  prices range from 100 to 120 baht. 

 

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