Thais seek lottery tickets with numbers matching the royal family’s license plate

As His Majesty King and Her Majesty The Queen drove down to the Suphan Buri for a ceremony, many kept note of the license plate number of the royal family’s Rolls Royce, 1992, hoping to find a ticket with the same numbers before the next Thai government lottery on April 1.

On The Thaiger’s Thai-language site, a story on the royal license plate number went viral. Yesterday, the page reached 20,000 views, far above the daily average of 1,000 views per page for the Thai-language site. Anything regarding the lottery, even the lottery in Vietnam, draws tons of traffic. And twice a month, when it’s time to announce the Thai lottery ticket numbers, the page views skyrocket.

Just about any numbers related to a significant event can get Thais scrambling to buy lottery tickets. When PM Prayut Chan-o-cha got jabbed with the AstraZeneca vaccine, kicking off Thailand’s Covid-19 immunisation plan, many watched Prayut’s health check, which was live streamed on Facebook, and kept note of the prime minister’s weight, blood pressure and even the time of injection.

The Thaiger’s Thai-language site even wrote a story with the number’s related to Prayut’s vaccination. They even recommended numbers 1, 5 and 8 for the March 16 lottery day… although the prediction ended up being wrong.

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Here’s what they wrote:

83.1~84 – Weight

157/88 – Pressure

509 – Lot No.

08.43 – Injection time

16 – The date of the first injection.

25 – The date of the second injection.

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