Take a gander at these antique “loteries parisiennes”:
Inspired by a popular game at French carnivals or “fêtes foraines”, miniature lottery sets remained popular through much of the 19th century.
The games included prizes such as dolls, figurines, miniature cars, various dollhouse furniture, and other tiny curiosities.
For comparison, here’s an old photograph of the real-life version:
Haha. Yes, a Parisian orphanage really did hold a raffle for babies… Different times, folks.
Lead image from Theriault’s