Lottery tickets can be found in so many different places. Many states across the Unites States offer lotteries. These lotteries provide revenue for the state. The lotteries also provide citizens with a chance to win big. The lottery tickets are relatively inexpensive and give people something to get excited about. Indeed, some people play the lottery out of pure enjoyment and not out of a desperate sense of wanting to become wealthy. However, did you ever wonder which was the first state to use a lottery? Do you know what state it is? It’s New Hampshire. New Hampshire was the first state to have the modern state sponsored lottery that we know today. This happened in 1964.
Of course, lotteries have existed in the United States long before 1964. Governments organized lotteries to raise funds for parks and services. Also, private lotteries were rampant in the United States during the first half of the 19th century. However, many of these lotteries were run by crooked criminal enterprises that failed to give accurate and reliable payouts. This caused many states to ban lotteries outright after 1860. It also set the stage for the modern government run lotteries that are operated according to strict rules and regulations.
The last state in the United States to authorize a state lottery was Wyoming. Wyoming passed laws establishing a lottery in 2013. This leaves only six states without a state lottery. Do you think all states should offer a lottery to give people a little bit of excitement and raise money? Do you think there should be a national lottery with even larger prize pools and greater revenue for public projects? If you do, write your representatives and play the lotteries available to you now. This will help the lotteries grow even bigger!