The saying politics is a numbers game took on a bizarre new meaning on Friday when Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was accused by losing punters of fixing winning lottery digits to match the licence plate numbers of vehicles she owned.
The losing lottery players made the accusation after the latest lottery draw on Friday. The winning six-digit number for the jackpot was 565566 and the winning two-digit number was 66, which matched the last two digits of the registration plate number on the van in which Ms Yingluck travelled to Uttaradit for a mobile cabinet meeting last month.
And that was not the only such case of lottery and licence plate numbers lining up. Looking back the critics found similarities in seven previous draws since Ms Yingluck came to power. They alleged that the numbers were rigged so that lottery wins would be associated with the prime minister, thus boosting her appeal in a gambling happy nation.
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