Small lottery vendors protest against higher wholesale price
July 26, 2014 00:00 By Supachai Sinprasert, Surasit
More than 300 lottery vendors blocked a road in Nonthaburi province yesterday to protest against the high wholesale price for lottery tickets.
They said that wholesalers were now demanding Bt83 per ticket pair instead of the usual Bt73.
With the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) requiring that each pair of lottery tickets cost end consumers no more than Bt90, small-scale vendors have decided to take their grievance to the streets.
As soon as the protesters began blocking the road, police and soldiers rushed in to break up the rally. Later, officials helped mediate negotiations between the wholesalers and lottery vendors.
The wholesale price eventually agreed upon was Bt80, as wholesalers said they too had to pay high prices. The protesters peacefully dispersed after the negotiations.
Meanwhile, Ranong Governor Cherdsak Jampathes yesterday explained that lotteries were often overpriced because many authorised agents did not sell tickets directly to end consumers.
“They sell them to small-scale vendors, who then add something extra for their own profit.”
He said there were now about 85 lottery vendors in his province and many were migrants.
“According to regulations, authorised agents must sell lotteries to end consumers, not resellers,” Cherdsak said, adding that he would crack down on vendors who do not comply with the rules.
He said he wanted Ranong to be the first province where lottery overpricing is eradicated.
“Vendors who violate this will face legal action,” he said.