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CLEMATIS VITALBA:



"... Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba) ... The dry stems were traditionally cut in winter and used for smoking ..."

http://accipiter.hawk-conservancy.org/MeadowMuses/200601.shtml

"... No one knows the feast’s origins. Father Josep Palomer, in an article in Vida Parroquial (Parish Life) in December 1948, explained that the tradition came from a gathering at the Chapel of Mercy on the eve of the Immaculate Conception. “It was attended by all Arenys-ians, who let their children got together and smoke cigarettes of Old Man’s Beard [Clematis vitalba], crumble fennel and smoke its seeds rolled in papers ..."

http://oreneta.com/kalebeul/2005/12/10/smoking-mary-herbal-fumes-and-disease-prevention /

A further name is 'Traveller's Joy'.

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CLEMATIS VITALBA:



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It's candied sugar (brown) – a broken lump of sugar candy ...

I've had a Eureka moment - I think you mean 'toffee'.
On the 'lot' issue - that didn't seem right to me either. We have lottery tickets - but only for the National Lottery, which is a relatively recent thing, and your boy sounds rather old-fashioned so I'm guessing it's a fairly old poem. Kids can't buy Lottery tickets anyway.I think what you want is 'raffle ticket'

Cambridge Learners Dictionary

.raffle Show phonetics
noun [C]
an activity in which people buy numbered tickets, some of which are later chosen to win prizes, which is arranged in order to make money for a good social purpose:
a raffle ticket/prize
I have never won anything in a raffle.
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