The History of the Lottery

Gambling News Aug 15, 2022


The first recorded lottery tickets date back to the Han Dynasty, between 205 and 187 BC. These drawings are believed to have helped finance major government projects. The Chinese Book of Songs mentions the game of chance as “drawing of wood or lots.”

Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is the oldest running lottery

The Netherlands’s state-owned Staatsloterij began in 1726 and continues to operate today. Its name, derived from the Dutch word “lot”, means ‘fate’. In the 15th century, the Golden Ambrosian Republic held lottery draws to raise money for their war against Venice. Soon, it became popular for people to bet on which candidates would become members of the Great Council. Five candidates were drawn randomly, and the council of Genoa took advantage of the opportunity.

It is a popular form of gambling

People enjoy lotteries and participate in them with their money. They purchase tickets and enter them into the drawing, hoping that their number will be drawn. Although the prize money for a lottery is usually fixed in advance, there is still risk involved. Participants are at risk of losing money, unless they are able to predict the number of draws that will be made. Therefore, it is important to understand how much money can be won by participating in a lottery.

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