6 Things You Didn’t Know About Lotteries

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6. The Great Wall of China was built from the proceeds of a lottery

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According to historians, keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty were the very first form of a lottery. It dates back to between 205 and 187 BC, and they are believed to finance major government projects. The biggest of those projects is the Great Wall of China. I reckon the winner would’ve spent it on a wall anyway, so it’s a good thing.