Thai lottery sales double; crackdown recommended


In a report on 2011-2015 casino market estimation, Centre for Gambling Studies director Nuannoi Trirat said that lottery ticket publishing rose from 36 million to 72 million per round in the past decade, indicating that Thais are increasing their gambling habits.  Nuannoi urged for a crackdown on gambling and an anti-gambling campaign to be spearheaded by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.  Chulalongkorn University law lecturer Nanthawat Borommanant said the Gambling Act of 1935 was no longer effective and recommended there be a new law to clearly define gambling crimes, cover new gambling methods, impose an age limit on punters and collect taxes from online gambling.