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Lottery has been the state’s version of three-card monte

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Lottery has been the state’s version of three-card monte I reluctantly admit I’m old enough to remember the hoopla when the New York State Lottery was created in 1968. At the time, a decades-old illegal source of income for organized crime was called “numbers” or “policy.” People would bet a few bucks with their local wiseguys, from Queens to Buffalo every day, hoping to match the last three numbers of the total “handle” of a ...

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