American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds, and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age

American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds, and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age

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Written by Kevin Flynn
Published by /published-by/foreedge
Published Jul, 2017
ISBN 10 1611687020
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Long banned in the United States, the Federal government told New Hampshire in 1963 it couldn't start a lottery - not without breaking a score of laws and courting infiltration by racketeers. Led by a motley group of characters - including a governor betting his political career and a celebrated FBI agent - they pushed ahead anyway. That set the first state-operated lottery on a collision course with the Feds, the media, and the church.
The New Hampshire Sweepstakes wasn't a scratch ticket or a numbers draw; it was one glorious horse race. Thousands flocked to the state to buy tickets. Some were arrested
American Sweepstakes tells the forgotten tale of how this small state fought all-comers, ushering in the modern lottery age and creating the American daydream

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