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History of the English State Lotteries 1694-1826

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The accession of William III to the throne involved Britain in European wars on a scale hitherto unknown, forcing the country to experiment with new ways of raising money, of which the foundation of the Bank of England and the National Debt remain today. At the same time the Government started lotteries, originally as a marketing tool for the sale of government stock but by the middle of the 18th century to provide the State with an annual profit. The need to attract the population at large involved developments in printing, advertising and distribution, aspects traced in this talk by Judith Grant (illustrations of a private collection).

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