Omaha: 1872. Small broadside, 8.25 x 5.5 inches. Previously folded. A couple of minor nicks at edges. Light tanning. Very good. Item #1858
The organizers of a Nebraska lottery for the benefit of the Mercy Hospital in Omaha advertise ticket sales in this March 28, 1872, broadside. James Monroe Pattee, known as the "Lottery King," came to Omaha in 1870, and with a Dr. J.W.B. Gardiner, a staff member and holder of the mortgage for the hospital, set up this raffle to pay the debt. The Grand Prize was the Redick Opera House in Omaha, valued at $50,000. When the prize was awarded, however, a man with connections to Pattee "won," and signed the Opera House back to Pattee. The citizens were outraged, and passed a law in Nebraska prohibiting lotteries for nearly 100 years. Pattee took his lottery schemes to Wyoming. Not in OCLC.