New Hampshire: Legal Lottery

The House chamber in Concord was jammed by the time New Hampshire's Democratic Governor John King appeared. King wasted no time. "A few minutes ago," he said, "I signed House Bill 47." He had, he explained, signed the bill because he felt that the citizens of New Hampshire wanted it, and "I am unwilling to set myself up as a Solomon or a Caesar in the holy assumption that my views are more intelligent or discerning or moralistic than those of our people." What King had done was to approve the U.S.'s first legal lottery since...

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