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Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake Ticket 1953

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Price: $6.95

Publisher: Ireland, 1953

Seller ID: 1151

Condition: Very Good


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 h... View more info