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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 09:13:08 EDT
"Lotteries in the US may seem like a recent fad, but they date back at least
as far as the 1700s. The original 13 colonies were financed with the help of
lottery dollars, and the US government used them to help pay for the
Revolutionary War and Civil War. Even the Ivy League universities, Harvard, Yale and
Princeton used them to get started.
State lotteries didn't begin until the 1960s. The first, a $1000,000
sweepstakes tied to a horse race, was held in New Hampshire in 1964. Today at least
30 states have lotteries, which generate $17 billion a year in revenues."
(and try and find where that money went?)