“A lottery is a taxation upon all the fools in creation; and heaven be praised, it is easily raised, for credulity’s always in fashion.” Or so claimed English novelist and dramatist Henry Fielding in his 1732 play The Lottery, and truthfully, he was not far off. The lottery as a method of raising funds for the government has existed since at least the Roman Empire and possibly before. Ancient China had a form of lottery (Keno) that was used to finance the Great Wall of China’s construction, and the Bible even mentions a form of lottery system used by Moses in Numbers...

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