The History of Lottery Games

Lotteries are not a new concept. In fact, the practice dates back to ancient times. In the Old Testament, Moses is given instructions to divide the land in Israel by lot. During the Renaissance, rich European towns held public lotteries to raise funds for building their fortifications, repairing their roads, and distributing aid to the poor. Some historians think that the practice of holding lotteries is as old as the early Roman Empire. In 1445, the French emperor Augustus organized a lottery in his hometown of L’Ecluse, to raise money for the City of Rome. While the lotto game became a popular evening activity, it wasn’t until after the war that the Loterie Nationale was reopened to the general public.


Today, lottery games are widespread in many nations. In the United States, the lottery is one of the oldest forms of public gambling. It originated in the 17th century in the Netherlands, where they were introduced by British colonists. Initially, the practice was met with negative reaction from many Christians. Ten states outlawed the game between 1844 and 1859. The majority of lottery games in the United States have been legal for nearly 200 years.

In the United States, the lottery was established in 1933 in Puerto Rico. It became an instant success and soon spread throughout the US. The first modern government-run lottery was held in New Hampshire in 1964. In India, there are many lotteries, with 13 of the 28 states allowing state lotteries. The Kerala State Government established the department in 1967. It soon became the inspiration for other Indian states. Currently, the Kerala State Government runs a state lottery, and is the largest lottery in the country.