Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Thairath
CHONBURI – Desperate lottery freaks hurried to the golden Pterocarpus Macrocarpus tree to scratch for lottery numbers in front of Bueng Bon temple in Chonburi. One of the crazed individuals standing at the tree revealed that the Macrocarpus had given numbers to three lottery jackpots in a row. In the recent August 1st release, a villager scratched and rubbed the tree until he got the number 986. The number hit the underground lottery bonanza and the person won over 100,000 baht in prize money.
At 10 p.m. on August 14th a reporter dropped by the temple where the frenzy was taking place. The atmosphere was that of a big festival with countless people gathering up around the tree; excited and frantic. Present also, were many lottery gurus who had come from all over the country – from the north and south and east and west. They had all come for a scratch of the tree. Hundreds and hundreds of candles and incenses burned around the tree, filling the area with grey smoke. Nobody seemed to be worried about smoke inhalation.
Mr. Somchai Phantayutthi, 52-years-old, a plant merchant with a shop near the golden Macrocarpus says that many people, including lottery players who frequent the tree, are especially wild during the time nearing the monthly lottery release. Many thousands of people will typically bustle in and out of the temple at that time. At last months draw, one person won with the number 986 as a result of scratching the golden tree. This time, some people have already discovered the number from the tree. However, they’re keeping it a secret. We’ll have to wait until the next release to find out!
Courtesy of Thairath
Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak
Posted by Adrian Tse at 10:50 AM