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Striking it rich in the New York State Lottery.
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The New York State Lotteries

New York knows lotteries.

They started in the late 1880's ... lotteries and raffles were used to raise funds for regional public works projects.

In more recent times, New York was one of the first states to begin a state-wide system, voting in the program in 1966.

All told it has paid out $4 billion, with the largest single payment a cool $336 million.

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