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Quick Fact – Political Bets

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1960

Bookies throughout Nevada had been taking wagers right and left on who’d win the upcoming U.S. presidential election — Senator John F. Kennedy (Dem.) or Vice President Richard Nixon (Rep.).

Suddenly, in November, they were forced to stop doing so when a news story was published about the forgotten Silver State law of 1919 that banned any type of election betting.

Wonder what happened to the money they’d already collected!

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