NH Lottery

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A forthcoming book explores the tumultuous history of this first-in-the-nation state-run lottery. Approval for the lottery followed a bitter fight, with opponents warning it could lead to Communism and racketeering.  Now, fifty years later, lotteries are in forty-three states. Still, controversy remains over whether this is the best way to raise revenue.

Little-known facts about the lottery:

The New Hampshire lottery — now in its 50th year — is honoring the former Keene state representative who pushed for it more than sixty years ago.

On Friday, the lottery is celebrating Laurence "Larry" Pickett night at the Keene Swamp Bats baseball game. Pickett worked from 1952 to 1953 to make sure legislation passed making New Hampshire the first state in the nation with a lottery. His lobbying efforts go back even further.

Along with the dedication, Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the lottery, will throw out the first pitch.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that barred New Hampshire from disclosing the names of lottery winners.

Hassan said current law recognizes winners' privacy by not requiring disclosure of their names proactively, but she said barring disclosure in all instances weakened public oversight and could lead to corruption.

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