The Out-Of Luck Mr. Strang of Smiths Falls



Encyclopedia of Louisiana 1887

It is reported that Mr. J. Strang, foreman in Frost & Wood’s foundry, Smith’s Fails, recently purchased a tenth share in a ticket in the Louisiana State Lottery and made a lucky strike. The ticket drew $150,000 and Mr. Strang gets $15,000.  January 1887==Read the Almonte Gazette here





Encyclopedia of Louisiana 1887

Later in the month-

A report having gone the rounds of the press  to the effect that a young man in Smith’s Falls had drawn $15,000 in the Louisiana lottery, Mr. Stewart, superintendent of the post office department, has issued a circular to Canadian postmasters in which he says that no remittances sent from Canada to this concern w ill be forwarded, as most people are aware a stringent law exists against lotteries. –February 1887==Read the Almonte Gazette here


Encyclopedia of Louisiana 1887


In 1892, the Canadian Criminal Code banned every form of gambling. That didn’t last too long, though. As times changed, so did perceptions on gambling. In 1900, bingo and raffles were permitted for charitable purposes. Ten years later, horse racing was added to the list of acceptable forms of gambling. And in 1925, fairs and exhibitions were granted the right to hold gambling events.

In 1969, the Canadian government saw huge value in lotteries. So they amended the Criminal Code to allow both the federal and provincial governments to run lotteries to fund special projects. The very first lottery was held in 1974 to raise funds for the Olympics in Montreal.

Over the years, the provinces were given more rights to run lotteries, horse races, video slot machines, and casinos. Today, you can find casinos in almost every province in Canada. And over the years, they’ve become huge attractions for people who love to gamble and be entertained.

The casino-government relationship in Canada varies from province to province. In some provinces, casinos are owned and operated by the government. In other provinces, they’re owned by the government but operated by private enterprise. No matter who runs them, they’re big business generating big profits.


Related reading

The Schwerdtfegerisms of Tobacco and Gambling

A Warning to Those Gambling Ladies of Carleton Place!

Gambling in Carleton Place — Viva Old Las Carleton Place

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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