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The Public Charitable Hospitals Temporary Provisions Act, was the act that established the lottery; as this act expired in , in accordance with its terms, the Public Hospitals Acts were the legislative basis for the scheme thereafter. Duggan was a well known Dublin bookmaker who had organised a number of sweepstakes in the decade prior to setting up the Hospitals' Sweepstake. Captain Freeman was a Welsh-born engineer and former captain in the British Army.