GLO: Criminal charges for lottery ticket tamperers

Government Lottery Office tickets for this month are pictured. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The Government Lottery Office (GLO) has warned that anybody who tries to tamper with lottery tickets could face criminal charges.

GLO spokesman Thanawat Polwichai said legal experts are determining whether attempts to change the numbers on tickets could be an offence relating to the alteration of state certificates under the Criminal Code.

Spreading altered tickets on social media could also be considered wrongdoing under the Computer Crime Act, added Mr Thanawat, who also is a board member.

Offences under the two laws carry a fine and jail term, or both.

His warning came after five altered lottery tickets from the latest draw on Friday were posted on social media.

In what appeared to be prank, a 13-year-old girl in Chiang Muan district in Chiang Rai changed four numbers on five tickets bought for her 60-year-old grandmother, Luan Tananchai, to match the six digits of the lottery's first prize. She asked Mrs Luan to take a photo with the altered tickets, and sent it to a Line group of family members, saying the grandma had won the top prize of 30 million baht.

What started as a harmless prank then turned into a real problem.

Some family members shared the story and the picture to Line groups belonging to the village and tambon chief in the province, and then they were forwarded to other groups and other social media platforms.

Relatives and friends then flocked to Mrs Luan's house in Chiang Muan's tambon Mang to congratulate her, prompting her son, Sompol Tananchai, to offer an apology.

Mr Sompol, who is an aide to the kamnan in tambon Mang, said on Saturday his niece had done it for fun among family members, with no intention to fool anybody.

"On behalf of my mother and all our family, I would like to sincerely apologise for what happened," he said.

Mrs Luan's husband, Prayong Tananchai, on Sunday called for sympathy for his family after his wife became stressed and was taken to a hospital, Thairath Online reported.

Pol Lt Col Sawat Khamuangsa, a deputy chief of Chiang Muan police station, said the case should be a lesson for others, and repeated the GLO's warning that spreading images of fake lottery tickets could be punishable under the Computer Crime Act, Thairath Online added.

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