Where and how did lotteries start?
The lottery is a form of gambling played throughout the world.
The games are overseen by the country or state’s governments. Some countries don’t allow the lottery to be played, whereas in other countries the lottery was transformed into an official national lottery.
Before World War II, gambling in the form of playing the lottery was illegal. However, in the 1960s, casinos and lotteries began to appear in the USA and Europe. Governments realised they could be used as a means to raise revenue in addition to taxes.
The lottery wasn’t invented in 1960, though. The ancient Romans were the first to play the game. It was a way for them to relax and amuse themselves at dinner parties. The guests usually played to win fancy objects. Back then the lottery was a kind of distribution of gifts by wealthy noblemen.
The earliest lottery record was from 1434 in the Dutch town of Sluis. It was the first lottery that solely gave out cash prizes. More than a quarter of the tickets were lucky for players in this game. For 6 years during the periods 1443-1449, many tickets were sold in various towns in Flanders.
The modern lottery game
This is how lotteries started their activities as we know them today. In the modern world, there are lotteries in 8 countries from America, in 38 states in Europe, 11 in Asia, 2 in Africa and 2 in Australia.
Lotteries come in many formats. Some offer a prize based on money, and other can also offer a prize based on material goods such as Russian and Australian lotteries where players can win houses and property.
Tickets are checked on the computer using mark sense-technology which confirms in less than one second if a winning combination of numbers was chosen by anyone.
In every country, the lottery is legalized by the government and most players also have the option to buy lottery tickets online.
International Lotteries Moving Online
With online lottery games, the player must select their lucky numbers, wait a few seconds for them to be entered, and then hold their thumbs until the results show for the winning jackpot combination.
As with most things in modern society, being able to play your favourite lotteries online is a benefit through increased efficiency and convenience. Plus, you never have to worry about losing your ticket!
There are many online lottery ticket service providers offering tickets into the biggest games worldwide, including the 2 biggest USA lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions, along with many European, Australian and Brazilian games.
In today’s world of increasing connectivity and globalisation, the world is getting smaller while these lottery jackpots just keep getting bigger.
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