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Original Little Louisiana Co. 25 cents Lottery Ticket - dated Nov. 13, 1888 - Americana

Inv# OB1666   Paper Money
State(s): Louisiana
Years: Nov. 13, 1888
Color: Black and Red

25 cents Louisiana State Lottery ticket. Front and back shown. Lotteries are operated at the state level in the U.S.; 45 states and 3 territories operate state lotteries, and nearly all of them are members of consortiums that operate regional games, and the two near-national games Mega Millions and Powerball. In November 2022, Powerball set a record for the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, with its 8 November 2022 draw having an estimated jackpot of US$2 billion.

The precursor to legal lotteries were the underground "numbers game" of the 1800s, which operated out of "Policy shops" where bettors choose numbers. In 1875, a report of a select committee of the New York State Assembly stated that "the lowest, meanest, worst form ... [that] gambling takes in the city of New York, is what is known as policy playing". The game was also popular in Italian neighborhoods known as the Italian lottery, and it was known in Cuban communities as bolita ("little ball"). By the early 20th century, the game was associated with poor communities, and could be played for as little as $0.01. The game's attractions to low income and working class bettors were the ability to bet small amounts of money, and that bookies could extend credit to the bettor. In addition, policy winners could avoid paying income tax. Different policy banks would offer different rates, though a payoff of 600 to 1 was typical. Since the odds of winning were 1000:1, the expected profit for racketeers was enormous. The first modern government-run US lottery was established in Puerto Rico in 1934, followed by New Hampshire in 1964. Read more at

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Condition: C.U.
Item ordered may not be exact piece shown. All original and authentic.
Price: $40.00