Bangkok Monk flees temple because everyone wanted his lottery millions

Ajahn Montri Samujjo checks his lottery ticket at Nonthaburi’s Wat Thinnakorn Nimit.
Ajahn Montri Samujjo checks his lottery ticket at Nonthaburi’s Wat Thinnakorn Nimit.

A monk with winning lottery numbers was forced to flee his temple in northwest metro Bangkok after people would not stop coming to ask for money.

Assistant abbot Sitthi Woradit of Wat Thinnakorn Nimit said yesterday that the monk, Ajahn Montri Samujjo, was no longer at the Nonthaburi temple days after he won a THB18 million lottery prize, prompting people to flock there, disturbing the clergy every night and making it hard for anyone to sleep.

He said that people came from all over seeking the monk’s charity. The assistant said the 67-year-old monk had asked for permission to stay at an undisclosed temple in another province. They agreed.

“He went somewhere else. Please don’t come here again,” monk Sitthi Woradit said to people in a message delivered to reporters. “It’s disturbing the monks and causing chaos.”

Unaddressed was the fact that it’s actually forbidden for monks to buy lottery tickets at all.

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