Winning the Baby Lottery

In 1911 an orphanage in Paris hosted a raffle to raise money for various charitable organizations. After getting the okay from authorities, they announced the prizes: live babies.

After being vetted for parental suitability, raffle winners could take home a child from the orphanage. The baby lottery was a resounding success, but it doesn’t appear to have been attempted a second time.



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https://books.google.com/books?id=RN4DAAAAMBAJ&pg=RA1-PA19&lpg=RA1-PA19&dq=paris+raffle+live+babies&source=bl&ots=AJiDJF5k1c&sig=5Kx0tLwPvSTwNUB0Fn-Kcq0YKp0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjR9Pipj57MAhXH2SYKHQcPAWMQ6AEITDAK#v=onepage&q=paris%20raffle%20live%20babies&f=false
http://mentalfloss.com/article/60992/time-paris-had-baby-lottery

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