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Michael Pilgrim
Michael Pilgrim is the Customer Relations Director of Overseas Subscribers Agents, as well as Editor in Chief of the OSA Newsletter.   
By Michael Pilgrim
Published on November 30, 2009
 

Bet you didn't know ....
The first recording of a lottery draw was between 205 and 187 BC in China, under the Han Dynasty. The ancient keno-like slips that were discovered and determined to be from this period are said to have helped financed major governmental projects such as the Great Wall of China.

Source: http://www.nzs.com/new-zealand-articles/lifestyle/history-of-lotto.html