American Sweepstakes

A few days ago we began Kevin Flynn’s American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds, and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age.  Given that the small state in question is our very own New Hampshire, the book makes for very engaging table reading.  We were surprised to read that college and abbey benefactor, Joseph Geisel [of Geisel Library fame], was the first to propose the modern sweepstakes in NH.  Another friend of the college, John King, was the governor who signed the sweepstakes bill into law in early 1963.  Some of the photos in the book are taken from the John King collection, from our very own New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP).  Governor King attended Saint Anselm College.

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