Treasure #69 Lottery ticket

In 1794, the Piscataqua Bridge, which connected Dover with Portsmouth, was built by “private enterprise” for $65,974. A marvel of its day, its largest span was 244 feet, the longest span bridge in the U.S. until 1812. Its entire length measured 2,258 feet, reaching from Fox Point, Newington to Ram Island to Goat Island and then over to Tuttle Point in Durham (paralleling the Scammell Bridge site today). This lottery ticket, from 1803, attempted to raise $15,000 for bridge repairs. 10,000 tickets were issued at $5.00 each. It promised the winner ¼ of the proceeds, a minus 12 ½% deduction. History doesn’t tell us who won!

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