The History of Lotteries


Lotteries were first used in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century as a way to raise money for the poor and to provide for public purposes. It became a popular alternative to paying taxes, and the oldest continuously-running lottery is the Staatsloterij of the Netherlands, which was founded in 1726. The word lottery is derived from the Dutch noun “lot”, which means “fate.”

George Washington’s Lottery

George Washington’s Lottery raised money in the 1760s to build the Mountain Road in Virginia. Benjamin Franklin and other political leaders also supported lotteries, and John Hancock ran a lottery to rebuild Faneuil Hall after a fire in 1761. But lotteries fell out of favor in the late 18th century, and many states banned them.

Irish State Lottery

The Irish State Lottery has become very popular in Ireland and is available in several forms. Players can play the Lotto, television bingo, and game shows. In addition, they can participate in the transnational EuroMillions lottery. Winners of these games receive tax-free lump sums. However, they must claim these winnings within ninety days from the date of the drawing. Players must be 18 years of age or older to play these games.

New York Lottery

The New York Lottery is the state-run lottery in the state of New York. It was founded in 1967 and is operated by the state Gaming Commission. Its primary purpose is to raise funds for public education, while providing a source of revenue to state government. The lottery is headquartered in Schenectady, New York.

French State Lottery

The French State Lottery was first established in 1798. The lottery did not have the direct authority of the king, but it was under his protection and authorization. The lottery’s purpose was to provide an opportunity for people to buy tickets in a bid to revive the nation.

English State Lottery

The first English State Lottery was established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567. The Queen wanted to expand the country’s export markets by building ships and developing ports, and she decided to launch a lottery to raise money for these projects. Participants paid ten shillings per ticket, and first prize winners received PS5000, which was paid out in plates, tapestries, and good linen cloth. Queen Elizabeth I also promised that anyone who purchased a lottery ticket would never be arrested for any crime, except piracy and murder.

Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery is a state-run lottery that is operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It was founded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on August 26, 1971. Henry Kaplan was appointed as its first executive director.