Download e-book for kindle: American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, by Kevin Flynn

By Kevin Flynn

ISBN-10: 1611687020

ISBN-13: 9781611687026

Long banned within the usa, the government advised New Hampshire in 1963 it could not commence a lottery - no longer with no breaking a ranking of legislation and relationship infiltration by way of racketeers. Led via a motley crew of characters - together with a governor making a bet his political occupation and a celebrated FBI agent - they driven forward besides. That set the 1st state-operated lottery on a collision path with the Feds, the media, and the church.
The New Hampshire Sweepstakes wasn't a scratch price ticket or a numbers draw; it used to be one wonderful horse race. hundreds of thousands flocked to the country to shop for tickets. a few have been arrested...
American Sweepstakes tells the forgotten story of ways this small kingdom fought all-comers, ushering within the glossy lottery age and growing the yankee daydream

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Ike was liked, Lucy loved, and the Beaver was left to his devices. Now it was the New Frontier. In the ’60s there was a feeling something was coming, cannonballing down through the sky.  . that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” as it was said. The men who fought under Eisenhower were now coming into their own. John Kennedy was young, was earnest. He wasn’t one of those white-haired politicians they had grown up with. He seemed like a leader with vigor, a war hero. He had a beautiful wife and a young family.

Now it was the New Frontier. In the ’60s there was a feeling something was coming, cannonballing down through the sky.  . that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” as it was said. The men who fought under Eisenhower were now coming into their own. John Kennedy was young, was earnest. He wasn’t one of those white-haired politicians they had grown up with. He seemed like a leader with vigor, a war hero. He had a beautiful wife and a young family. This period wasn’t just a changing of the old guard.

The lottery was a success and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes were drawn. Before the winnings could be distributed, however, the organizers absconded with all the proceeds, never to be seen again. S. Supreme Court ruled the government was responsible for making good on his winnings. C. debacle was hardly the first time scandal befell a lottery. In fact, deception, corruption, and suspicion have been woven into the cloth of lotteries for centuries. European lotteries, particularly the Italian games, were rife with cheating.

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