• Home
  • The History of the Lottery

The History of the Lottery


Lotteries are popular for their wide appeal as a way to raise money for various public purposes. The first known European lotteries appeared in the 15th century in cities in Flanders.

In the 17th century, the Dutch also had their own lotteries. In England, private lotteries were common. During the French and Indian Wars, several colonies used lotteries as well.

By the 1760s, lotteries were also used by the American colonies to fund several colleges. These included the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia and Princeton Universities.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress voted to establish a lottery to raise funds for the American Revolution. But the scheme was abandoned after 30 years.

Many historians believe that lotteries were used in Ancient Rome. In fact, the Romans are said to have used them to give away slaves. They were also used to finance canals and roads.

Although many Christians were opposed to the idea, lotteries were tolerated in some cases. This is probably because they were seen as a painless way to tax people. Some European governments also sponsored lotteries, including the d’Este family.

There are at least 100 countries that have their own lotteries. Most of these are administered by state or federal governments.

For example, the United States has over 80 billion dollars in lotteries sold each year. However, some states ban the use of lotteries.

There are two main types of lottery: the one-time payment and the annuity payment. The former is usually less than the advertised jackpot, due to the time value of the money.