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World Lotteries Timeline

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  • 2013

    Lottery historyThis handy infographic graphically illustrates the History of World Lotteries until we have the modern Lottos today. (Click it to ...
  • 2006

    The largest Powerball Jackpot in US lotto history of $365 million is shared by 8 co-workers at a Lincoln, NE, ...
  • 2002

    On December 25, 2002 Jack Whittaker of West Virginia becomes the largest single jackpot winner with a Powerball win of ...
  • 1994

    The first UK National Lottery draw took place on November 19, 1994.  
  • 1986

    In November 1986 North Dakota became the first US State to reject a State lottery. It was later approved in ...
  • 1974

    In 1974 Massachusetts sold the first lotto scratchcards ("instant scratch-off tickets").  
  • 1964

    In 1964 New Hampshire created the first State lottery and became the first State to sell lottery tickets in the ...
  • 1930

    In 1930 the Irish Sweepstakes was launched and even though tickets were illegal outside Ireland, millions were sold in the ...
  • 1917

    On June 14, 1917 the Queensland State Lottery of Australia ("Golden Casket") held its first drawing, thus becoming the first ...
  • 1726

    The Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij ("State Lottery"), established 1726, is the world's oldest continuously operating lottery.  
  • 1566

    In 1566 Queen Elizabeth I chartered the first recorded official lottery ("English state lottery").  
  • 1539

    King Francis I of France authorized the first French lottery, the Loterie Royale in 1539.  
  • 1449

    The first recorded Italian lottery was held on January 9, 1449 in Milan to finance the war against the Republic ...
  • 1445

    In the 15th century, the first recorded lotteries that offered tickets for sale with money prizes were held in the ...

12 B.C. (Roman Empire)

Augustus CaesarThe first-known lottery offering tickets for sale is the one created by Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, circa 12 BC. The funds raised were used to repair Rome’s infrastructure (aqueducts, public buildings, temples and roads), and the winners received prizes in the form of articles of unequal value.

205 – 187 B.C. (China)

Keno
The first recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty, when warlords developed this game to finance government projects like the Great Wall of China.

Bible

MosesIn biblical times, lots were frequently drawn to determine animals for sacrifice (Leviticus 16:8) or to end disputes (Proverbs 18:18). Even land ownership was sometimes determined this way (e.g. Numbers 26:55 and Joshua 18:8-10). For example, in the Book of Numbers it is written when the Israelites arrived on the plains of Moab with Moses, on the Jordan River, the promised land was divided by lot. Of course, these were not lotteries in the modern sense, as chance wasn’t seen to be a factor (it was God’s will), and no payment was required, or prize involved.

As Old as Man

Lotteries, in various forms, really have been around since human beings started socializing. This is a condensed timeline of World Lottery history, more detailed information is available at the sources below. (You can also see a useful graphical representation of the history of World Lotteries here)

[Sources: Wikipedia, History of Lotteries, Chad Hills and NASPL]

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