THIS is the horrifying moment a man carrying dozens of losing lottery tickets set himself alight at a Buddhist temple this morning.
The 52-year-old man was seen on CCTV walking into the grounds of the religious building in Pattaya, Thailand, before going to the crematorium building at 5am local time.
The man was found at the Buddhist temple this morning
After walking out of view of a CCTV camera, the Thai local set himself alight – filling the area with a huge flash of light from the fireball.
Shocked monks rushed out and saw the man’s body ablaze and when fire crews arrived, they found him still covered in flames slumped against the wall of the Buddhist crematorium.
Officers extinguished the flames before recovering dozens of charred lottery tickets and bank documents from his pockets.
Head monk Sanan Khuttawanyo, 73, said: “I woke up and was preparing to go to alms when I noticed the smoke was rising from the crematorium. I went to check.”
Viral Press Charred lottery tickets were found in the man’s pockets
Fire crews extinguished the flames and police were able to identify the man through bank documents he had in his pockets
He continued: “The fire was burning so I quickly called the police. The temple is locked every night and people are prohibited from coming inside.
“There was nothing unusual last night or when I woke up this morning.”
Police identified the man from bank documents showing debts which he had kept in his pocket and survived the inferno.
He was wearing black trousers, a white shirt and black shoes.
Viral Press Officials ruled the death as suicide and said they are contacting relatives