Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

Louisana Lottery

Early American Government Ran on Lotteries, Not Taxes

The corrupt Louisiana State Lottery company, which issued this 1889 ticket (shown front and back), gave lotteries a bad name. In the late 19th century, Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the sixth Librarian of Congress, went looking through America’s early newspapers for the earliest notice of a lottery he could find. What …

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