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Five Interesting Facts About the Lottery

Jun 25, 2008
There is a lot of information out there about lotteries. Here are some interesting things you may not know about the lottery.

1. Lotteries Are Nothing New

Lotteries did not just begin in the last few decades. In fact, lotteries have been around since before the Great Wall of China was built. Ancient lotteries were, as far as historians can tell, similar to the modern game of keno. Unlike keno, however, they were used as lottery games were used today - to raise money in order to improve society, fund programs, build buildings, etc. It is even said by many that the Great Wall itself was built from proceeds provided by ancient lotteries.

2. There is no National Lottery in the US

Lotteries in the United States are run by each respective state. There is no national lottery. This is mostly because each state has its own gaming laws, and creating one lottery which complies with all of these various laws would be impossible. This is also why there are 8 states which do not have lotteries. While it is nearly impossible to unite all state lotteries, there are many lotteries whose gambling laws are the same or close to the same who are uniting to organize multi-state lotteries. These multi-state lotteries, like Powerball and Mega Millions, allow residents to win much bigger prizes than individual state lotteries can offer.

3. You Can't Influence the Lottery

Despite all of the strategies and systems which claim to help you win the lottery more often, there is no way to influence the lottery itself. Lotteries do, in fact, rely on the laws of chance. Strategies and systems can certainly help you to play the lottery more intelligently, and can definitely make playing the lottery more fun, but they cannot ensure winning. The only way to guarantee that you will win the jackpot, or even to guarantee that you will win at all. Is to buy a ticket for every possible combination of numbers.

4. Euromillions Involves the Most Countries

Euromillions, which was launched in February of 2004, is a multi-country lottery game. It is comparable to the multi-state lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions. Just like these huge multi-state games, Euromillions has higher payouts than regular lottery games that rise rapidly. Euromillions also has a roll-over jackpot each time the jackpot is not won. There are 9 countries that participate in this one of a kind multi-country game: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Because there are so many countries involved and so many players, the jackpots often reach up to 50 million pounds.

5. New Hampshire was the Nation's First Lottery

You might think that the Nation's first lottery began in the casino state of Nevada, or the always ahead of their time California - but you'd be wrong. The first lottery in the United states was in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire lottery began in 1964. On March 10, 1964, it was approved by 198 of the 211 voters, becoming the first modern US lottery. Since its inception in 1964, more than $930 millions has gone to aid education.

Buying Lottery Tickets

If you want to buy these or any other lottery tickets, simply log onto your official state website. These sites explain how to purchase tickets, and often times tickets can be purchased online so you can play most state lotteries from the comfort of your own home. You can also refer to official state websites for custom lottery news. Many sites offer lottery number generators to help make your lottery number picking easier for you. If you would like to purchase your tickets in person, you can also visit a local lottery terminal. No matter how you choose to purchase your tickets, or which tickets you choose to buy, you're bound to have some fun!
About the Author
Anthony Wayne works in the marketing department of online lottery site LuckyLotto in Pennsylvania. He is also editor of the Internet Bingo Blog a great source of internet bingo information.
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