Lottery tickets

Example of a lottery ticket from 1746 (IR 55/30)

Private lotteries were created by Acts of Parliament. Tickets were sold to people for as much as £10 each (roughly £500 today). A winning lottery ticket could be exchanged for the prize of a fixed annuity or annual payment.

In the 18th century, lotteries were very popular. They raised enough money to build Westminster Bridge in the 1730s and the British Museum in the 1750s.


23m 939                                                   Anno 1746

This ticket entitles the Bearer thereof to Six Pounds,

Part of a Joint Stock attended with Annuities after the Rate of

Four Pounds per Centum per Annum to a better Chance

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