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Indiana man hits jackpot with chips from illegal casinos

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LAWRENCE COUNTY -

A southern Indiana collector has come across a great find.

Lonnie Graves of Lawrence County bought more than 2,400 Prohibition-era illegal casino chips that could be worth as much as $100 each to the right buyer.

Searching eBay recently, he found some listed for sale. The Herald-Times reports he bought 100 and called the seller in Paoli to arrange to get them. When Graves asked if he had had any more, the seller produced a box full of them. 

They were from an illicit casino that thrived inside the old Brown Hotel in French Lick until the government shut it down in 1949. A friend's grandparents had operated a store in French Lick, and when the hotel was demolished in the 1960s, they pulled the chips from the rubble.

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