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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