Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-1-2003

Abstract

In April 2003 the University Library of the University of Rhode Island presented an exhibition entitled Rhode Island Lotteries – Three Centuries of History. The exhibition was a comprehensive look at the role of lotteries in Rhode Island as well as a study of the evolution of the role of lotteries over a period spanning three hundred years. In addition to the exhibition, the University Library published a booklet History of Lotteries and The Lottery System in Rhode Island by John Russell Bartlett - originally published in a series of newspaper articles in the Manufacturers and Farmers Journal in 1855; issued a series of three posters depicting the role of lotteries in each of the three centuries and hosted a panel discussion titled "Lotteries: A Public Good or Social Scourge". The panelist included Rhode Island Lottery Executive Director Gerald Aubin; GTECH Vice President for Public Affairs Robert Vincent; URI Professors Timothy Hennessey and Galen Johnson as well as Russell DeSimone of the library staff and the exhibition's curator. The panel was moderated by Professor Scott Molloy.

Publisher Statement

Coverage:1700-1999 Relation:[Is Version Of] Posters produced in conjunction with April 2003 exhibit at the University Library of the University of Rhode Island entitled Rhode Island Lotteries - Three Centuries of History.

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A law to prohibit the practice of lotteries passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly at its January 1732 session

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Ticket from lottery funding the construction of the Weybossett Bridge in Providence

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Trinity Church, Newport

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Public granary and market house of Newport

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First Baptist Church, Providence

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Rhode Island College, now Brown University

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Beneficent Congregational Society of Providence

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Ticket from lottery funding the rebuilding of the Weybosset Bridge in Providence

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Newspaper article about the lottery funding the rebuilding of the Weybosset Bridge in Providence

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Redwood Library, Newport

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Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence

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Lottery announcement broadside for the encouragement of public schools, 1831

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Lottery ticket for the school fund, 1839

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Advertisement for school fund lottery tickets at Walker's

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Constitution of the State of Rhode Island, 1842

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Illustration from Thomas Mann's 1833 anti-lottery treatise,

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Exposition of the lottery system by Thomas Doyle

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The Lot, Rhode Island's first 20th century lottery, 1974

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The Grand Lot began with the drawings being televised, 1975

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Play Ball, the Rhode Island Lottery Commission's first instant win ticket, 1975

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Lotto, the first televised lottery drawing, 1975

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Football themed lottery ticket, 198?

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Baseball themed lottery ticket, 198?

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Basketball themed lottery ticket, 198?

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Lottery ticket celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Rhode Island Lottery Commission, 1984

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Lottery ticket celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island, 1984

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Lottery ticket celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rhode Island Lottery Commission, 1999

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Lottery ticket commemorating the blizzard of '78, 1998

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Rhode Island Scenes, a multi-vignette game, 1998

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Rhode Island Scenes, a multi-vignette game, 1998

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Rhode Island Scenes, a multi-vignette game, 1998