Young couple deep in debt win first prize in the Thai lottery, 12 million baht in Chonburi

Si Racha, Chonburi –

A couple in Chonburi has won the first prize in the Thai national lottery yesterday (April 1st), receiving a prize of 12 million baht (About $360,000 USD) in Si Racha.

The Thai lottery is announced twice each month (the 1st and 16th of each month).

Mr. Saweng Norabut,32, from Sakhon Nakhon, and his wife Mrs. Kotchakorn Norabut, 29, went to the Nongkham Police Station yesterday with the set of two lottery tickets with the number 472270.

Mrs. Kotchakorn told The Pattaya News, “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.”

Mr. Saweng said, “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 two 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.” Mr. Saweng concluded.

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.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.