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Famous Lottery Tickets Collectors Would Love

By Ruth Fosdike

Many Americans are big fans of the lottery. Plenty of people love playing the lottery, and are attracted by the quest for easy money. We all have heard of the hardworking waitress who strikes it rich overnight, or the office worker who retires to Bimini after the big win. But for some lottery fans, the ticket is the score. Some people actually collect old lottery tickets that have historic appeal.

Take the earliest lottery held in the United States Đ the Massachusetts Government Lottery begun in 1744. Tickets sold for this lottery are prized because they are a very early piece of Americana, and are signed by Samuel Watts and other directors of the lottery.

If you were there in 1744 and wanted to purchase a ticket, it would have cost you thirty shillings, but you would have had a 22% chance of being a winner. You would have gone to Faneuil Hall for the first drawing. This lottery was such a huge success that it inspired the other colonies to host their own lotteries.

Another historical lottery ticket that is avidly sought by collectors is a ticket to one of Benjamin Franklin’s lotteries held to raise money to build the young country’s military arsenal. Franklin is one of the founding fathers, and these tickets associated with him are quite prized.

There was even a lottery to help finance the Revolutionary War. In November of 1776, the Continental Congress authorized the United States Lottery for this purpose. It’s hardly surprising that collectors of early American artifacts love to add these tickets to their collections.

Another famous historic lottery is the Mountain Road Lottery of 1768. This lottery was managed by George Washington Đ and the tickets from this lottery bear his autograph. For this reason, collectors also seek out these tickets.

If you are a collector, you know that there is a huge premium on lottery tickets with George Washington’s signature. A recent auction saw one of the tickets sell for more than $15,000. You can always get a reprint of the Mountain Road Lottery for a fraction of the cost of course, and it looks wonderful when displayed.

For collectors, the thrill of finding historic lottery tickets is significant. Maybe not as much of a thrill as winning millions, but it’s still quite a joy to find that ticket you’ve been searching for.

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Fosdike, Ruth "Famous Lottery Tickets Collectors Would Love." Famous Lottery Tickets Collectors Would Love. 2 Jul. 2010. 18 Jul 2014 <>.

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