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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 51, December 10, 2000, Article 12

LOTTERY TICKETS ON THE WEB 

   From NEWSSCAN DAILY (www.NewsScan.com): 
   "Lottery players in Maryland will soon be able to buy their 
   tickets online, making Maryland the first in the U.S. to offer 
   online ticket sales. The new service is "just the beginning in 
   gaining access to this large and demographically desirable 
   market niche," said the Maryland Lottery director. "The 
   Internet will be a big factor in the future of lotteries." 

   Maryland players will need to file an online application, and 
   can then  choose their games, numbers and the number of 
   weeks to participate. Charges for the tickets will still have 
   to be paid by check or money order because it's illegal in 
   Maryland to pay for lottery subscriptions by credit or debit 
   cards. (Wall Street Journal 6 Dec 2000)" 

   What do lottery tickets have to do with numismatics? Well, 
   although lottery tickets didn't circulate as money, many 
   early American and British lottery tickets were designed, 
   engraved, and printed by some of the same people who made 
   paper money.   Many collectors of colonial currency collect 
   lottery tickets as interesting companion pieces. 

   Some historic lottery tickets may be found on the web at 
   the Coin and Currency Collections at the University of Notre 
   Dame Libraries: 

      http://www.coins.nd.edu/ColCurrency/CurrencyText/CLT.html 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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