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George Washington was a lottery player

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June 11, 2005
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Posted: July 17, 2005, 2:32 pm - IP Logged

George Washington, our country's first president and one of the best-known heroes in American history, played the lottery. Not only did he participate, but he was indirectly responsible for many others playing as well.

In 1753, the lieutenant governor of Virginia ordered Washington to travel through Maryland and Pennsylvania to warn a French commander from encroaching on English-claimed territory. But Washington's warning was ignored. Seven months later, Washington and his men made a surprise attack on an advance group of 30 French soldiers in Pennsylvania — killing the commander and nine others. The bloodshed launched the French and Indian War.

The French defeated Colonel Washington and his men in Great Meadows, Pa. in July, 1754. The Virginia legislature, disturbed by the defeat of young Washington, "initiated a scheme [lottery] to raise 6,000 pounds to protect its citizens" against the French.

Besides being a catalyst for the spread of lotteries to raise needed funds for the military, Washington was the first president to buy lottery tickets, purchasing 20 tickets (at six shillings each) for a 1790 lottery that would help finance the paving of streets in Alexandria, Va. In 1793, he bought tickets for himself and family friends in a lottery organized by Commissioners of the District of Columbia, for "improvement of the Federal City."

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    June 5, 2002
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    Posted: July 17, 2005, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

    I don't believe DC existed in 1793. In fact Washington never slept in the White House.

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      Posted: July 17, 2005, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

      Actually Washington picked out the current location of DC in January of 1791. In June of that year, Washington began to secure the land needed for the city from the landowners of the area. He needed 6111 acres total: 3,606 for highways, 541 for public buildings, and 1,964 which would be divided into city lots and sold to raise revenue for the building of the city. There were a plethora of problems from that time until 1800 when congress finally took up residence in Washington at the behest of the, by then, late George Washington. -Bonnie

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        June 18, 2003
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        Posted: July 17, 2005, 10:57 pm - IP Logged

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