The history of the US lottery dates back to the early 1700s, and newspaper ads show there were hundreds of lotteries in operation during the colonial era. In 1934, Puerto Rico introduced its first official state lottery, and New Hampshire joined in 1964. Today, forty-five states, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands have lotteries. Powerball and Mega Millions are two of the most popular lottery games in the United States. In addition to drawing games, many states also offer instant-win games.
The first recorded lotteries were held in the Netherlands during the 17th century, to raise money for poor people and improve fortifications. Many of these lotteries were wildly successful and were hailed as a painless form of taxation. In fact, the oldest lottery in continuous operation today is the Staatsloterij in The Hague, which was established in 1726. The word “lottery” derives from the Dutch noun ‘loter’, meaning ‘fate’.
Today, many states have a lottery website or mobile app to purchase tickets. However, before you can start playing, you need to create an account with a lottery website or app. Once you do, you’ll be able to select from a wide variety of games. Make sure to check the price per ticket and the criteria for winning. Also, make sure to find out the next drawing date. This way, you’ll know when to buy your tickets.