As I was walking down Mae Klong, I saw a table out by the side of the road. A woman in a flowery hat was sitting beside it, and a number of pieces of paper were laid out on the table. The woman was selling lottery tickets.
Lottery tickets are popular in Thailand, as in many other countries, and we often see people selling lottery tickets on the street, just like this woman. Unlike Japan, which is in the doldrums, Thailand's economy has been growing steadily in recent years, and there are probably many people who dream of getting rich.
Lottery tickets have a long history. It is said that the first lottery was conducted in China by a military strategist named Zhang Liang. The fact that they are still being sold 2,000 years later is proof that there have always been people who hope to win the lottery and transform their financial situation. Incidentally, the proceeds from the first lottery were used to build the Great Wall of China.
Think about it, what are the proceeds from the Thai lottery tickets sold all over town used for? In Japan, it varies from prefecture to prefecture. In some unusual cases, such as Sapporo, the proceeds are used to build a year-round curling facility. In Thailand, I wonder if the money is used to build a Muay Thai stadium.
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|FLORAL HAT LOTTERY MAE KLONG TABLE|
March 20, 2020
September 8, 2023
Mae Klong, Thailand
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