The case between a former policeman and a school teacher who both claim to have won the 30 million baht main prize on the Thai lottery has grabbed national headlines over the past few weeks.
Now the case seems to be escalating as investigating officers subject both men to a lie detector test to try and ascertain who is the rightful owner of the winning ticket.
Police are currently investigating 62-year- old former officer Pol. Lt. Jaroon Wimol who claimed the 30 million baht prize on November 1 after cashing his ticket, however 50-year- old school teacher Preecha Kraikruan filed a report with police on November 28 alleging that Jaroon stole his ticket and that he was the rightful winner.
Both men have insisted to officers that they purchased the ticket and the resulting investigation has resulted in 10 witnesses being questioned including a lottery ticket vendor who believes she sold the winning ticket to Preecha not Jaroon.
Both men have accused the other of lying with Preecha’s lawyer calling out the former police officer saying that if he had brought the ticket he would be able to say from which vendor he brought it from.
The plot thickens however after Jaroon’s lawyer claims that the teacher attempted to settle the matter by splitting the winnings equally, if he was the rightful owner would he really be that generous the lawyer asked.
Police have since frozen Jaroon’s bank account where the winnings had been deposited.
Pol. Kritsana Pattanachareon, spokesman for the Royal Thai Police said so far neither have been charged as the investigation is still ongoing and officers are still in the process of collecting evidence.
The next stage in the investigation will be to collect DNA samples from the winning ticket to try and determine the rightful owner.
He made it very clear that both parties would be treated equally throughout the investigation.
Content: Love Pattaya Thailand