Lottery games were first played in the Low Countries around the 15th century. They were held to raise money for the poor and other public projects. The lottery quickly became popular and was hailed as a form of easy taxation. The first lottery in France was held in 1539 and was called the Loterie Royale. In the Dutch language, the word lottery comes from the noun “lotterij,” meaning “fate.”
As more people take advantage of the internet, state lotteries are considering expanding their presence online. Currently, only a few states allow online lottery ticket sales, but more are likely to follow suit. Moreover, online lottery sales are an effective way for states to increase revenue. In fact, some states have already adapted laws for lottery websites to encourage more participation.
In the United States, the lottery is legal in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands. There are also online lotteries in North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. These websites allow players to view their winning numbers and check their contact information. In addition, a small handful of lottery websites are now adding Instant Games, which are casino-like games that allow players to wager and win prizes. These games are available for both desktops and mobile devices.
The Illinois lottery launched an online lottery program in March 2012. It was the first state to offer online lottery ticket sales. In December 2012, it added the option of buying Powerball tickets. The website later expanded to include Daily Lottery Games and Instant Games. There are also online lottery subscription services. In addition, customers can also buy tickets for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 daily games.
Currently, only seven states offer an online lottery. However, more states are likely to follow suit. As long as federal legislation is clear and regulations are not ambiguous, online lottery play will be a legal option in the US. If you’re a resident of these states, you can play the lottery online at the official website of the state lottery.
The New Hampshire lottery started operations in 1964 and features several draw games, including Powerball and Mega Millions. Proceeds from the state’s lottery go to public school and college programs. Meanwhile, the Illinois lottery offers four exclusive draw games. Profits from the lottery are also used to fund problem gambling treatment and parks.
Online lottery sales have become popular. The Michigan lottery, for example, started selling instant games online in January 2016. Online lottery sales have not adversely affected physical lottery sales. In March 2016, Michigan online lottery sales exceeded eight million dollars per week. It’s also worth noting that online lottery sales are continuing to set sales records for the Michigan lottery.