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Today, the world lottery market amounts to more than $200 billion in annual sales, and some 140 state lotteries flourish in 75 countries. Yet lotteries have always been condemned for encouraging the belief that success has more to do with luck and chance than hard work or moral values, and they have long been associated with fraud, corruption and greed. But they have also delivered huge benefits: GBP20 billion has been raised for good causes in the UK alone. "Fate's Bookie" tells the story of the lottery from its Ancient Greek origins, through the activities of extraordinary personalities such as Casanova, George Washington and Queen Elizabeth I, the backlash of the moralists such as Wilberforce and the corruption of the Louisiana State Lottery, to its controversial use in allocating school places and public appointments. It is a rich tale of the eternal fight between moral rectitude and the desperation of governments to raise money.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750949729
ISBN-10: 0750949724
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gary Hicks

Gary Hicksis a former lobby correspondent who became political editor at the Central Office of Information, traveling the world with prime ministers from Wilson to Thatcher. He later became a spokesman for a number of multinational corporations."