Whether you are looking for a way to boost your income, or just wish to have some fun, lotteries are an inexpensive and convenient way to have some luck. They are simple to play and usually are run by the local government or state.
The history of lottery dates back to ancient Rome when emperors and governors would use lotteries to give away property and slaves. They were also used to finance bridges, roads, and libraries.
Lotteries became popular in Europe during the 1500s, after King Francis I introduced them. Several cities in Flanders and Burgundy held public lotteries to raise funds for poor towns and fortifications.
In the United States, private lotteries were common. Lotteries were used to fund colleges and local militias. There were 200 lotteries in colonial America between 1744 and 1776.
In England, lotteries were also popular. Records from the town of L’Ecluse date back to 9 May 1445 and mention raising funds for walls, fortifications, and for the poor.
In the 17th century, lotteries were a common form of amusement in the Netherlands. There were at least three known lotteries, one in Genoa, and the other in Modena.
In 1832, the census reported 420 lotteries in eight states. Several colonies, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maryland, used lotteries to build colleges and defenses. In 1755, the Academy Lottery in Pennsylvania funded the University of Pennsylvania.
The first public lottery in Europe was held in the Italian city-state of Modena. The Loterie Royale, or a lottery authorized by edict of Chateaurenard, was a fiasco. It was not until 1836 that the lottery was abolished in France.