Woman Arrested For 'Counterfeit' Winning Lottery

(11 October) Nonthaburi police arrested Kalasint woman for allegedly counterfeiting lottery tickets and claiming the prize.

Ms. Tawee Sawanate, 62, from Yang Talad district, Kalasin province, traveled to the Government Lottery Office to claim the first prize worth THB 2 million with her lottery ticket.

She was promptly arrested when the Office realised that the ticket was fake.

An official from the Lottery office said that the ticket had been altered from 249545 to 647882.

Ms. Tawee denied she had modified the tickets, claiming that she bought the tickets from a lottery vendor at a bus terminal located in Kalasin province for THB 110 per ticket.

The tickets were left in her pocket until she checked the lottery draw results on 7 October. Once she found out she won the first prize, Ms. Tawee said, she phoned her relatives and traveled with 5 of them to Nonthaburi to claim the prize.

However, police officers questioned her testimony and pressed charge against Ms. Tawee, who makes a living by selling chilli, accusing her of counterfeit.

The penalty for the charge carries 6 months to 5 years in prison and THB 1,000 to 10,000 fines.

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