The History of the Lottery


The history of the lottery is somewhat similar in most European countries and Italy, although there are some differences. French lotteries were introduced by Francis I around the 15th century and enjoyed widespread popularity until the 17th century, when Louis XIV won top prizes in a drawing and gave the money back to the public for redistribution. In 1836, France dissolved its lotteries and re-established them in 1933. In 1945, the Loterie Nationale was reopened, and today the French lottery is known as the Loterie Nationale.

The practice of dividing property by lot is very old. Old Testament scripture even instructs Moses to count the population of Israel and divide the land by lot. The ancient Romans also used lotteries to distribute property and slaves. The practice became so widespread that it became a popular entertainment form for dinners, with the winning team receiving the right to pick the best college talent in the draft. This game continues to be popular today, and is the basis of today’s American lotteries.

The earliest known examples of lottery slips were recorded in the Chinese Han Dynasty (205 to 187 BC) and were used to fund major government projects. The word lottery is derived from the Dutch word “lot”, which means “fate.” The English word is a translation of the Dutch word. It refers to a game of chance that has a prize pool and is regulated by a governing body. In other words, a lottery is a form of regulated gambling.