The US is home to 44 state lotteries, along with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. However, nine states, including Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, do not run their own lottery games. Nevertheless, Mega Millions and Powerball are available nationwide and are considered de facto national lottery games. In fact, many people believe they’ve won the lottery. In fact, millions of people play these games every week, making it easy to see why.
The first record of a lottery date back to ancient China, between 205 BC and 187 BC. It is believed that these early lotteries helped to finance important government projects, such as the Great Wall of China. The ancient Roman Empire also organized lottery games, and they served as a form of entertainment at dinner parties. Emperor Augustus even organized the first commercial lottery, where profits would be used to repair the City of Rome. Since lottery enthusiasts rely on luck, it is important to understand the history behind lotteries and how they work.
Although many US states don’t have lotteries, the history of the lottery goes back much further. Newspaper ads from the colonial period suggest that hundreds of lotteries existed in the 18th century. Today, more than 45 US states operate their own lotteries, including Puerto Rico. In the future, the Virgin Islands will also start operating their own lotteries. And while they might not be as old as a lottery in the UK, they are still popular in the US.