|THE LOTTERY by John Baron 9th May 2012|
Bromley and Beckenham Philatelic Society
John Baron gave his display; The Lottery.
The State Lottery existed in England between 1566 and 1826, the proceeds being used for public works and benefit: the rebuilding of the 1st Westminster Bridge in 1736, the building of the British Museum being two examples. John showed many items such as tickets, letters and advertising material, special envelopes, “Rebus” items. In 1719 for example income was over £770,000, with prizes disbursed of about £650,000.
After 1826 when the Lottery was closed, the general public sought participation in the many overseas lotteries in such places as Germany, Latvia, Romania, Austria, Malta, Norway etc. The USA had a strict ban on any lottery material, and letters were confiscated or returned.
In Australia, Tattersalls was a major organization, but had to move from Sydney to Brisbane and eventually to Hobart, Tasmania as rules were tightened. Various undercover addresses were used to circumvent the authorities.
John also showed a recent winning cheque, a 1994 trial ticket, a Woolworth’s £300,000 Certificate and other items.