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【博彩英语】彩票的渊源 Lottery Roots

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The roots of lotteries go down deep and spread far. "Casting lots" is even mentioned in the Bible. The first lottery to offer cash prizes probably originated in Florence, Italy, in the 16th century. It was dubbed Lotto de Firenze, and it quickly spread to other Italian cities. The game, as well as the name, caught on. Italy's national lottery is still called Lotto, as are those in the U.S. and many other countries.

彩票渊源久远,传播甚广。 “投运”甚至在圣经中也有提及。第一次现金奖彩票可能起源于16世纪的意大利佛罗伦萨。它被称为乐透佛罗伦萨,并迅速蔓延到其他意大利城市。这种博彩形式,以及它的名称迅速流行。今天,意大利的国家彩票仍然被叫做“乐透”,美国和其他许多国家同样如此。

During Colonial times, lotteries were all the rage in America. Most were held for charitable or civic purposes, such as building churches, bridges, and schools. But lotteries fell into disfavor by the mid-19th century. Things changed in the second half of the 20th century. New Hampshire was the forerunner, holding its first lottery in 1964. Other states gradually followed suit. In the '80s and particularly the '90s, the ancient game became hotter than a two-dollar pistol.

在殖民时代,美国彩票业风靡一时。大多数彩票是为慈善或市政目的而发行的,如教堂、桥梁和学校建设。但是,到19世纪中期,彩票一度备受冷落。这种状况到20世纪下半叶得到改观。新罕布什尔州成为领头羊,于1964年发行了第一期彩票。其他各州逐渐效仿。到了80年代,特别是90年代,这种古老的博彩游戏大为盛行。 

You'll see people of all ages and from all walks of life picking numbers and scratching off instant tickets. Nationwide, total annual lottery sales have grown into the billions of dollars. In many states, all it costs to take a chance on changing your life forever is $1. Where else can you buy a dream for a dollar?

你可以看到各个年龄段的、各行各业的人们在挑选号码或揭刮即时兑奖彩票。全国彩票年销售值达数十亿美元。在好多州,碰碰运气改变命运只需花费1美元。在哪儿你还能花1美元买到一个梦想呢?!


follow suit  效仿,照着做
fall into disfavor 失宠,受冷落
hotter than a two-dollar pistol 极大成功,广为盛行,极为畅销
instant tickets 即时兑奖彩票


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