Former lawmaker honored for pushing for New Hampshire Lottery


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KEENE, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire lottery — now in its 50th year — is honoring the former Keene state representative who pushed for it more than sixty years ago.

On Friday, the lottery is celebrating Laurence "Larry" Pickett night at the Keene Swamp Bats baseball game. Pickett worked from 1953 to 1964 to make sure legislation passed making New Hampshire the first state in the nation with a lottery. In 1964, Gov. John King signed legislation establishing a lottery system.

Along with the dedication, Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the lottery, will throw out the first pitch.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

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