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The modern lotteries began to sprout in the fourteen-hundreds. They were a popular way to raise money for everything from town fortifications and church construction to charitable giving and military conscription. Early America was a nation defined politically by its aversion to taxation, and lotteries became a popular alternative to raising cash. Lotteries helped fund everything from Harvard and Yale to Boston’s Faneuil Hall, and the Continental Congress even ran a lottery to help pay for the Revolutionary War.