The proposal to take the Thai lottery online, bogged down for years by bureaucratic delays but recently left for public opinion to decide looks as if it could be a winner. The Bangkok Post reports that the latest survey revealed that many respondents supported the legalisation of the online lottery scheme.
The Dusit Poll conducted a survey on the plan to legalise the long-delayed two- and three-digit online lottery scheme, and the result was a positive indication of public acceptance.
63.80% said an online lottery would help tackle the high prices of underground lottery tickets, allowing players to pick any number they wanted.
24.58% opposed the scheme on fears that it may encourage a dangerous expansion in gambling.
11.62% were indifferent on the issue.
But it appears an educational drive on the practicalities of an Internet based lottery may be necessary: 46.85% of respondents said they did not know how the online lottery would operate; 30.63% were 'fairly' aware of how it was played while 18.2% did understand it at all. Only 4.50% said they were well informed on the way the Internet game would be played.
Asked about the scheme's benefits, 26.32% said it would generate more revenue for the government to help develop the country; 21.93% said legalising it would make the lottery more convenient and accessibile for players. 19.30% opined that an online lottery could bring down the ticket prices, and 17.54% believed the scheme, if approved, could help end the illegal lottery problem.
14.91% were confident that online lottery buyers would not be cheated.
28.92% wanted the government to strictly regulate the lottery activities to prevent the underaged from gambling; 23.14% said the government should educate people about the online lottery so they would not overplay it. 19.02% would like to here more from the government on the scheme's benefits.
18.53% said online lottery machines should not be located near temples or schools while 10.39% said closed circuit cameras should be set up near distribution machines as a monitoring precaution.
Source: InfoPowa News