Title: Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake Ticket 1953
Book Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Ireland  1953
Seller ID: 1151
I haven't see one of these since I was a kid. My Irish grandparents used to buy them, but it was a very mysterious thing. Not only did the ticket itself look scary to me, but the whole thing was shrouded in mystery. Now I know why -- they were illegal in the U.S.!The Irish Sweepstake was not like today's lottery where numbers are drawn. Each ticket was assigned to a racehorse, so it was really a form of gambling. By the 60s the U.S. lightened up on it, but sales were already declining by then -- helped along by a report via Fortune magazine that the original motive to support Irish hospitals had morphed into goodies for for-profit businesses. The ticket is in fine condition and will arrive in a plastic sleeve backed by cardboard. It measures 3"x3-1/2". Every Irish-Americn needs one for auld memory's sake!