On This Day
1569 – First recorded lottery in England.
A lottery is a form of gambling that involves the drawing of numbers at random for a prize. Some governments outlaw lotteries, while others endorse it to the extent of organizing a national or state lottery. It is common to find some degree of regulation of lottery by governments. The most common regulation is prohibition of sale to minors, and vendors must be licensed to sell lottery tickets. Although lotteries were common in the United States and some other countries during the 19th century, by the beginning of the 20th century, most forms of gambling, including lotteries and sweepstakes, were illegal in the U.S. and most of Europe as well as many other countries. This remained so until well after World War II. In the 1960s, casinos and lotteries began to re-appear throughout the world as a means for governments to raise revenue without raising taxes.
Lotteries come in many formats. For example, the prize can be a fixed amount of cash or goods. In this format, there is risk to the organizer if insufficient tickets are sold. More commonly, the prize fund will be a fixed percentage of the receipts. A popular form of this is the “50–50” draw, where the organizers promise that the prize will be 50% of the revenue. Many recent lotteries allow purchasers to select the numbers on the lottery ticket, resulting in the possibility of multiple winners.
Born On This Day
1931 – Mary Rodgers, American composer and author (d. 2014)
Mary Rodgers (January 11, 1931 – June 26, 2014) was an American composer, author, and screenwriter, most famous for her novel Freaky Friday, which served as the basis of a 1976 film starring Jodie Foster, for which she wrote the screenplay, as well as three other versions. Her best-known musicals were Once Upon a Mattress and The Mad Show, and she contributed songs to Marlo Thomas’ successful children’s album Free to Be… You and Me.
Fireside Books presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, January 11, 2022
By MessyNessy 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DLXXXV): An Artist’s Utopian Vision from the Early 1900s; . An Historic Gatehouse for Sale might be Britain’s smallest Home; Pluto Lamps, Victorian Gas Lamps that sold hot cups of coffee, tea and cocoa; A Shoe-fitting fluoroscope, an active x-ray machine that was used in shoe stores to see how well shoes fit; Nobody Ever Remembers The Second-Worst Nuclear Incident That Happened 30 Years Before Chernobyl; Another French Chateau needs new Co-Owners; Would You have Partied at the Exorcist Lounge? (Detroit 1976); When the US made cartoons in the 1970s to prepare the country to switch to the metric system and more ->
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By Betty Crocker Kitchens: 5-Star Casseroles Everyone Will Love
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By Sugar Hi: Hand Painted Sugar Cookies
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