Gambling Fever: The Mirage of Sudden Riches

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Gambling is an activity as old as human social life itself, sometimes carried out alone but, more often than not, by crowds or whole nations. Lottery systems have historically been used as a means of allowing 'Fate' to decide upon the distribution of materials (unequally distributed by a society), and have often been ascribed to the divine. 

This lecture is part of Professor Pick's series, Rumour, Disease and the Madness of Crowds. The other lectures in this series are:
    1665: The Great Pestilence of London
    1848: The Chartists' Revolution in London
    1888: Jack the Ripper
    Money Mania: The South Sea Bubble
    Miracle Cures: Spas, Shrines and Spirits

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This event was on Tue, 10 May 1988

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