Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes

This ticket for the “Irish Free State Hospitals Sweepstake” belonged to Mam, Grandmom’s mother. It dates from the 1930’s.

From Wikipedia:

“The sweepstake was established because there was a need for investment in hospitals and medical services and the public finances were unable to meet this expense at the time. As the population of Ireland was unable to raise sufficient funds, because of its low population, a significant amount of the funds were raised in the United Kingdom and United States, often among the emigrant Irish.”

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