The classical history of the lottery is an interesting story. Most people don’t know how and why it began in the first place. Here is a brief overview and some fun tips on how it all came to be.
The lottery officially began back 205. That’s right, not 2005, 205 B.C. The Han Dynasty started it as a recreational way to raise money for government projects. That’s right, the government started what we now know today as the lottery. Most people have no clue that is all started in China.
Greece picked up the idea and ran with it. By the time of Caesar, you know, the one that said:”et Tu Brute’?” Anyway, he continued this project as a form of entertainment and the added benefit of income for government projects. It was such a hit that in 1434 a Dutch leader made it public. Now anyone could play the lottery and help fund projects for the local government under the guise of fun. It was a win-win for everyone considering the fact that it was fun and made money when it was needed.
By the 17th century the King James used it to build the colonies. Then it was used as a regular way to entertain the masses and raise money for their upkeep. One interesting, little-known fact: snakes were used as a prize once and ended up causing the lottery to be temporarily shut down after a snake decided it did not want to be a prize. It bit the king.
Once back on track, it was popular again as a great way to entertain the masses and raise money for the elite. Once in France, a famous mathematician used it to pay off his debts from explorations in South America. Now that was a creative way to use the lottery funds. Today things are a bit more regulated when it comes to the lottery money raised through the games.
It’s basically a way to gamble. Back in the time of prohibition in the United States, it became an illegal activity and was done in underground clubs where patrons could also get illegal things like alcohol. Thankfully, it was voted as legal once again in the United States and used as always, a way to raise local money to support cities and the state.
Today it is a major way to raise money and still entertain people across the globe. In the United States alone, 43 of the entire 50 states have a state lottery system to raise money. Sometimes people win big, too. On January 16th, 2016 a couple won 1.6 billion in the lottery in California. Now that’s a big win. Here are the states that do not allow the lottery.
Ironically, these are some of the poorest states in the United States. Except for Utah. Utah rules it out because of the huge Mormon population that believes that gambling is a sin. Someone needs to clue these guys in. It’s a great way to raise money for the local projects that the government needs. It’s even regulated so nobody gets hurt.
It’s become a branched out game system too. The lottery has tons of micro-games and major lotto systems that air on TV. Some places even show the results of the lotto on the television. It’s hugely popular. In fact, airing it on the television is one way that the lottery has become so popular. Statistically speaking, after the United States began airing the show nightly, the lottery began raking in more money than ever. It has become a major way to fund the local city and state projects. The world would literally fall apart financially if the lottery ever ceased to exist.
There are daily little wins too, though. Everyday across the world, people win little scratchers and make money in small amounts. It helps to support the local economy and fund city projects. Some at the state level have saved state financial woes for years now. It’s probably not going anywhere any time soon. After all, it’s a win-win for everyone. It funds the local projects of the government and has helped several people stay both entertained and wealthy when they win.