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American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, by Kevin Flynn

By Kevin Flynn

Long banned within the usa, the government advised New Hampshire in 1963 it could not begin a lottery - now not with out breaking a ranking of legislation and relationship infiltration by way of racketeers. Led via a motley workforce of characters - together with a governor making a bet his political profession 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 tag or a numbers draw; it was once one wonderful horse race. hundreds of thousands flocked to the nation to shop for tickets. a few have been arrested...
American Sweepstakes tells the forgotten story of ways this small country fought all-comers, ushering within the smooth lottery age and developing the yank daydream

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Pillsbury, House majority leader, was now the GOP gubernatorial candidate. Pillsbury’s deportment was stately. He roamed the capitol with a pipe clenched between his teeth. “Big John” — ​he stood six-foot-three and was 225 pounds — ​ had the juice among lawmakers and sympathy from the party bosses. In an odd reversal of typical partisan positions, Democrat King stood against A Dainty Dish 39 a sales tax and pledged to veto one should it ever come to his desk. Republican Pillsbury had favored a sales tax in the late 1940s but now insisted he’d abandoned that belief years ago.

HB 47 passed, with the liquor store and town hall amendment, 196–166. As the 1961 bill had passed by 139 votes, this 30-vote margin was The Federal Threat 27 much smaller than supporters had predicted. It turned victory into confusion. Among those voting against the sweepstakes was Democratic Minority Leader George Pappagianis, considered to be Governor King’s go-to man in the House. When questioned by the Nashua Telegraph, Pappagianis offered a brisk “no comment” and sulked away. The political tea leaves were indecipherable.

First Rev. William 28 Place Your Bets Blair spoke against the evils of gambling: “Apathy and lethargic indifference are the most effective weapons the Devil wields. S. Justice Department. Blair said he had written to the DOJ to ask its opinion on the sweepstakes. It is unrealistic to assume that there will be no interstate traffic in these [New Hampshire] lottery tickets.  . A lottery might also be used by racketeers who could siphon off a percentage of the proceeds as a cost of conducting the lottery.

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