XVIIIWagers not recoverable at Law.

And be it enacted, That all Contracts or Agreements, whether by Parole or in Writing, by way of gaming or wagering, shall be null and void; and that no Suit shall be brought or maintained in any Court of Law or Equity for recovering any Sum of Money or valuable Thing alleged to be' won upon any Wager, or which shall have been deposited in the Hands of any Person to abide the Event on which any Wager shall have been made: Provided always, that this Enactment shall not be deemed to apply to any Subscription or Contribution, or Agreement to subscribe or contribute, for or toward any Plate, Prize, or Sum of Money to be awarded to the Winner or Winners of any lawful Game, Sport, Pastime, or Exercise.