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Young Chon Buri couple in debt win 12 million baht in Thai lottery

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A young couple in Chonburi, who say they are in debt, has won 12 million baht in the Thai national lottery. The couple won the 1st prize yesterday which is equivalent to US$360,000. 32 year old Saweng Norabut and 29 year old Kotchakorn Norabut went to the Nongkham Police Station yesterday with the set of 2 lottery tickets. The winning number was 472270. Kotchakorn told The Pattaya News that the money will help them deal with the fallout from the Covid pandemic.

“I am a maid at a company in Si Racha while my husband is a trailer driver. We are not a rich family and both worked fairly basic jobs for a modest income and have many debts to pay, especially since Covid-19 impacted both ourselves and many others in Thailand.”

Saweng says the winning number that he chose was based upon a dream he had.
“One night I had a dream of a headless snake and I turned my dream into the number ‘70’ based on multiple factors in my dream. I bought the lottery ticket as I only hoped to win for those 2 last digits.”

“I had not expected to win the first prize but I am very glad that I did and blessed. I will use the money to pay for various debts that we had fallen into and for my children’s education.”

In Thailand, many people are superstitious and use a variety of methods, including dreams, symbols, prayer, and other items to “help” them with the national lottery. The winning numbers are chosen on the 1st and 16th of every month.

Recently, 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.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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