Jury Hears Of Pacific Lottery Plan

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Jury Hears Of Pacific Lottery Plan


Brief account of the failed American Sweepstakes Corporation and their efforts to use Palmyra as a base of operations to hold a lottery on the winner of the Kentucky Derby.




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LOS ANGELES ( UP) The president of the defunct American Sweepstakes Corp. told a Superior Court jury yesterday the organization planned to obtain a United Nations' charter and set up a government to run a world-wide lottery from an uninhabited island.

Robert W. Wilson testified for the prosecution in the trial of attorney John Paul Brown of Arcadia. Brown is accused of conspiracy in connection with operations of the corporation.

Wilson said the corporation leased six acres of the 12-acre Palmyra Island in the Solomon Islands. He said there were no radios, communications or hous-
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ing on the island—just a landing strip.

Superior Court Judge Adolph Alexander commented that the only communication could have, been by carrier pigeon.

Wilson said the land was sub-leased from the Tidewater Development Co. after the group was unsuccessful in its attempts to establish a legalized lottery in California.

The Tidewater Co. revoked the sub-lease after the lottery plan drew opposition from the U. S. Department of Interior.

"Our theory was the island was not a U. S. possession. but only a protectorate. We thought we could get a charter into the United Nations and form our own government," Wilson testified.

The island allegedly was for use as headquarters for sweepstakes pegged on the results of the Kentucky Derby.

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“Jury Hears Of Pacific Lottery Plan,” Palmyra Archive, accessed July 22, 2019, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/182.

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