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
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
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.
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