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
Wayne Homren, Editor
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