Extraordinary scenes at the ‘Temple of Chance’

“And they say there is no money in the country,” observed a spectator dryly as he watched the proceedings, which were to some extent reminiscent of the scene outside the bank when she suspended payment.

“This is the barrel to be used as part of the first state lottery. »August 10, 1931Credit:Staff photographer

As a concession, apparently a police officer was allowed in, among a few others, before the rush, and offered a score of 10 / for a ticket. A man in the crowd found a horseshoe and clung tenaciously to it amid the jokes of those around him. In the queue were a number of well-dressed women, although men predominate. It was an extraordinary human mix, each hoping that their ticket would see the birth of a modern Croesus. In front of the crowd who were heading towards the counter with the tempting spectacle of the barrel, from which the lucky numbers are to be drawn.

The large staff, consisting mostly of young women, under the supervision of the Lottery Director (Mr. Whiddon), did their job diligently and well. The crowd was treated in batches to avoid traffic jams.

The date for the draw for the first lottery has not yet been set. Three days notice must be given. The draw will likely take place at Her Majesty’s Theater, according to Whiddon, who adds that four prominent citizens will be invited to draw the top four prizes. In the first lottery are 100,000
tickets, but several thousand of them had been distributed before the official opening. It is therefore probably for the sake of not being outdone that many took their place in the queue yesterday several hours before the doors opened.


As soon as a lottery is drawn, another is organized. The aim is to help hospitals.

Mr Whiddon, obviously happy as he inspected the grounds and contemplated the completion of the project, said New South Wales contributed around 80 percent. to lotteries in other states.

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