CHRISTMAS Presents and Gifts for New Year, may eventually form an Establishment for Life, as twenty Thousand, nay, possibly Forty Thousand Pounds, may be gained by a Whole Ticket, as a due proportion of a Quarter, Eighth, Sixteenth Share, which are now selling at the lowest prices at N. CALLWELL'S FORTUNATE OFFICE - No. 35 College Green, where the principal Capital Prizes that were obtained in Ireland in several lotteries past were sold and immediately paid. The drawing begins January 9. [Saunders's News-Letter - Friday 30 December 1803]
It may surprise our readers to know that giving a Lotto ticket as a Christmas present is nothing new. In fact, the very idea was being promoted as Christmas or New Year's gifts in Saunders Newsletter just after the Act of Union!