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Cootel Launches Online Khmer Lottery

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Pich Chetra, of the KhmerLottery, speaks during a news conference. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A new legally-registered online lottery has been launched by telecom company Cootel, with cooperation from the Dream Win company, after a government crackdown on illegal lotteries.
The online lottery, named Khmerlottery, was registered with the Ministry of Economy and Finance in December last year with an investment of $5 million, Pich Chetra, the executive director of KhmerLottery, said yesterday.
Khmerlottery deposited a reserve fund with the National Bank of Cambodia as required by law, Mr. Chetra said.
He added that his legal lottery will not be bad for Cambodian people, but will instead help combat gambling and illegal betting and stop people being cheated.
Khieu Sopheak, the Ministry of Interior’s spokesman, said the ministry supports the legally-registered lottery business.
“The gambling and lotteries that the government approved are under the control of the law. They also benefit the national budget.
“For lotteries, every country has its own national lottery or legally registered lotteries and with Cambodia having a legal lottery, that is not a problem for society,” Mr. Sopheak said, adding there will be a crackdown on illegal gambling.
“We combat things that the government does not allow to be established,” Mr. Sopheak said. “We don’t support illegal gambling in any way.”
To crack down and combat illegal gambling or lotteries, the government has laws on gambling, Mr. Sopheak said, adding that crackdowns are constantly carried out.   
The process of playing online lotteries is based on a technology platform which required customers to have a smartphone or online computer.
Mr. Chetra said his company chose the online platform due to the increasing use of smartphones and the wide use of the Internet across the country.
“Khmerlottery is legally registered, so we are fully responsible,” Mr. Chetra said. “We want illegal gambling and lotteries to be combated.”

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