Phuket, Thailand: Wednesday, July 8, 2015  7:05:55 AM

Can foreigners win the Thai lottery?

Can foreigners claim prizes in the government lottery? If so, what are the policies for this? Are any taxes or surcharges payable? And how can prizes be claimed?

I have heard that prizes can be claimed through banks in Thailand. Some people have said that the bank can do the transaction for you for a certain fee, thereby making it hassle-free and keeping the winner’s identity private. Is this true?

Eve, Patong. Monday, November 28, 2005  4:24:10 PM

“Anyone may play and win the state lottery in Thailand.

People who win a prize in the government lottery, results of which are announced on the 1st and 16th of each month must claim their prize within two years of the draw and pay a tax of 0.5% of the winnings.

Winners of the occasional special lotteries organized by the GLO to support specific charities must claim their prizes within 10 years of the result being announced. The tax on winnings in these lotteries is 1% of winnings.

Those living in Bangkok should go to one of the following three GLO offices in Bangkok:

• Building 1, 3 Rajdamnern Klang Rd, Talad Yod, Phra Nakorn;

• Room 405, 5th floor, Building 4, Siam Commercial Bank, Radchadapisek Rd (Ratchayothin Intersection), Chatuchak; or

• Room 77/27, 2nd floor, Sin Sathorn Tower, Krung Thonburi-Klongsarn Rd, Klongsarn.

Those outside the capital who win either of these lotteries should claim their winnings from the local Provincial Office of the Comptroller General's Department (CGD).

The Phuket CGD office is on the first floor of Phuket Provincial Hall, 5 Narisorn Rd, Phuket City.

Winners of the three-digit lottery can claim their prize money from the shop where they bought the ticket, or from GLO or Provincial CGD Offices. A tax of 1% will be deducted. There are no other deductions from winnings in the three different types of lottery.

Currently, prizes cannot be claimed through banks in Thailand.

It is GLO policy not to disclose personal information about winners.”

Monday, November 28, 2005  4:24:10 PM Chorthip Samathiwat, Chief, Prize Payment Department, Government Lottery Office (GLO).