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Thursday, 7 December 2017 | MYT 10:45 PM

Thai lottery limbo: Schoolteacher who lost ticket claims RM3.7mil winnings collected by former cop

BANGKOK: A 50-year-old schoolteacher in Thailand's Muang district in Kanchanaburi has filed a police complaint claiming that he had bought and lost five tickets that won a total of 30mil baht (RM3.7mil) in a Nov 1 lottery, alleging that a retired policeman from the same district had withdrawn the money from the Government Lottery Office.

Case investigator Capt Jirayuth Chatcharinkul said police would investigate who was the rightful winner and ensure justice for both sides.

In his complaint filed on Tuesday night, teacher Preecha Kraikruan claimed that a lottery vendor, who had regularly sold him tickets for five years, had the first-prize ticket stubs to back his claim.

He added that he was willing to take the issue to court.

Preecha claimed he had bought four sets of lottery tickets, each comprising five tickets with the same number, from the female vendor at a market on Oct 31 and found upon arriving home that he had lost the five tickets with the number 533726.

When the vendor on Nov 1 congratulated him for winning the prize, he resumed his search and the vendor confirmed that he had bought the winning tickets after checking her ticket stubs.

Preecha said the Government Lottery Office had advised him to lodge a police complaint, which he did on Nov 3 and submitted it to the office.

He was then informed on Nov 28 that someone had already collected the prize money so police summoned him and an unidentified former policeman.

After the two parties failed to reach an agreement, the teacher filed another police complaint on Tuesday against the retired policeman to bring the matter to court.

Earlier this week, lawyer Sittra Biabangkerd from the People Lawyers' Team Foundation posted on Facebook about the case after he was hired to represent the former police officer on Dec 3, Bt20mil bath (RM2.5mil) had been impounded by a police order pending the investigation.

The lawyer said it was suspicious that Preecha had deleted a Line message regarding his lottery order to the vendor on Oct 31, which should have been key evidence to back his claim. – The Nation/Asia News Network