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Monday, December 18, 2006

Online Gaming, Italian Style

Wired News: "MILAN, Italy -- Italians have been gambling on the lottery for centuries. Before the peninsula even became known as Italy, locals were playing some form of sweepstake; 16th-century Genovese, for example, bet on which nobles would be drawn for political seats.
Now it's a state-run business worth 5.5 million euros a year, and it has just gone online.
Most Italians buy scratch-and-win tickets at the downstairs café, picking up the scratchers while getting a cappuccino or pack of cigarettes."
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