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Massachusetts sells first scratchcard

Massachusetts scratchcard

Massachusetts scratchcardIn 1974 Massachusetts sold the first lotto scratchcards (“instant scratch-off tickets”).

New Hampshire creates first state lottery

New Hampshire lotto ticket

New Hampshire lotto ticketIn 1964 New Hampshire created the first State lottery and became the first State to sell lottery tickets in the modern era.

Irish Sweepstakes launched

Irish Free State Hospitals' Sweepstake

Irish Free State Hospitals' SweepstakeIn 1930 the Irish Sweepstakes was launched and even though tickets were illegal outside Ireland, millions were sold in the US, UK and Canada.

First drawing of Queensland State Lottery

Queensland State Lottery of Australia

Queensland State Lottery of AustraliaOn June 14, 1917 the Queensland State Lottery of Australia (“Golden Casket”) held its first drawing, thus becoming the first lottery in the 20th century.

Netherlands begins world’s oldest lottery

Dutch Staatsloterij

Dutch StaatsloterijThe Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij (“State Lottery”), established 1726, is the world’s oldest continuously operating lottery.

First recorded official lottery

English state lottery

English state lotteryIn 1566 Queen Elizabeth I chartered the first recorded official lottery (“English state lottery”).

First French lottery

King Francis I of France

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

First Italian lottery

Italian lottery

Italian lotteryThe first recorded Italian lottery was held on January 9, 1449 in Milan to finance the war against the Republic of Venice.

First recorded lotteries to offer money

Low Countries

Low CountriesIn the 15th century, the first recorded lotteries that offered tickets for sale with money prizes were held in the Low Countries (mainly, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). Records from L’Ecluse (now, “Sluis” in the Netherlands) dated May 9, 1445 mention raising funds via a lottery to build walls and town fortifications.

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