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A ticket from the February 12th, 1889 Louisiana State Lottery
A ticket from the February 12th, 1889 Louisiana State Lottery

The Louisiana State Lottery Company was a private corporation that in the mid-19th century ran the Louisiana lottery. It was for a time the only legal lottery in the United States, and for much of that time had a very foul reputation as a swindle of the state and citizens and a repository of corruption. Image File history File links Lousiana State Lottery ticket from 1889 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Lousiana State Lottery ticket from 1889 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 31st 134,382 km² 210 km 610 km 16 29°N to 33°N 89°W to 94°W Population... A lottery is a popular form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize. ... In the broadest sense, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain, although it has a more specific legal meaning, the exact details varying between jurisdictions. ...

The company, initially a syndicate from New York was chartered on August 11, 1868 by the Louisiana General Assembly with a 25 year charter and exchange gave the State 40 000 USD a year. With the passage of the charter, all other organized gambling was made illegal. This start almost immediately gave it a bad reputation as having bribed the legislators into a corrupt deal especially at a time when other states were viewing lotteries and gambling with suspicion. // Common usage A syndicate is an association of people or companies. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... This article is about general United States currency. ...

Charles Howard served as the first president, having previously worked for the Alabama Lottery and Kentucky State Lottery. Confederate Generals P.G.T. Beauregard, who attempted reform, and Jubal Anderson Early held the drawings. Most of the tickets were sent via special train (there was so much mail it required a special consideration) to agents in the U.S. and abroad who would sell them in their respective areas. Charles Howard was an entrepreneur and a successful automobile manufacturer. ... For other meanings of confederate and confederacy, see confederacy (disambiguation) National Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God our Vindicator) Official language English de facto nationwide Various European and Native American languages regionally Capital Montgomery, Alabama February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861 Richmond, Virginia May 29, 1861–April 9, 1865 Largest... Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard (BO-rih-gahrd) (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893), best known as a general for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, was also a writer, civil servant, and inventor. ... Jubal Anderson Early (November 3, 1816 – March 2, 1894) was a lawyer and Confederate general in the American Civil War. ...

In 1890, three years before the charters expiration, the company had to talk the legislature into figuring an act to write them into the constitution (Thus requiring a successful supermajority of both houses of the Louisiana Legislature and referendum) by offering to give the state 500 000 USD per year. 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... A supermajority or a qualified majority is a requirement for a proposal to gain a specified level or type of support which exceeds a simple majority in order to have effect. ... A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ...

Opposition and downfall

While the lottery was always opposed on vice and morality grounds, the renewal of the charter and constitutional amendment began the serious, organized opposition that would kill the company. The Anti-Lottery League and its newspaper, the "New Delta" were the main proponents of ending the drawings. The League was backed by many prominent activists of the time, such as Edward Douglass White, who argued against it in the Louisiana Supreme Court and Anthony Comstock. Chief Justice Edward Douglass White took the office in 1910. ... Portrait of Anthony Comstock Anthony Comstock (March 7, 1844 - September 21, 1915) was a United States reformer dedicated to ideas of Victorian morality. ...

In 1890 the United States Congress banned the interstate transportation of lottery tickets and lottery advertisements, which composed 90% of the companies revenue. The Supreme Court of the United States upheld this statute in 1892. Congress in Joint Session. ... The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC; 1887 - 1995) was a regulatory body in the United States created by the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887, which was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland. ... The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the U.S. and leads the judicial branch of the U.S. federal government. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...

In March of that year the constitutional amendment to renew the charter (which had passed the legislature, but needed voter approval) was defeated. Murphy Foster, an anti-lottery gubernatorial candidate, was elected, as were a majority of anti-lottery legislators. During that year all lottery operations were banned, the company excepted until its charter expired in December of 1893. 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

It then moved to Honduras and illegally issued lottery tickets in the United States. In 1907 its Delaware printing press was found out by federals and shut down. 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 49th 6,452 km² 48 km 161 km 21. ... The printing press is a mechanical device for printing many copies of a text on rectangular sheets of paper. ...

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