How the Lottery is Organized


A lottery is a form of gambling in which a number is randomly selected and a prize is awarded. Different governments regulate or outlaw lotteries. Some ban lottery playing entirely, while others endorse it and organize state or national lotteries. But regardless of how the lottery is organized, there are certain basic rules to follow, and everyone should know about them before playing.

Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is the oldest running lottery

The Dutch state-owned Staatsloterij is one of the oldest running lotteries in the world. It was founded in 1726 and still runs today. The Dutch government uses the lottery as a way to raise money for its treasury. Its popularity dates back to ancient times when it was used to divide land among Israelites and Roman emperors. In fact, the word lottery comes from the Dutch noun lot, which means “fate”. Today, it is an extremely popular form of entertainment and taxation in the Netherlands, attracting players from all over the world.

English state lotteries

English state lotteries have a long and storied history. Since their inception in 1694, there have been one hundred seventy-eight state lotteries held in England, including the final draw in Coopers’ Hall on 18 October 1826. These lotteries were widely regarded as beneficial to the economy, and the eighteenth century exchequer recognized their importance. But, as the last state lotteries were abolished in the 19th century, they have received little historical attention. Although the government promoted lotteries, there were also protests against their ruinous influence. These protests were often motivated by the moral argument. This argument, coupled with the fiscal policy, led to the abandonment of the state lottery.

Spanish state lotteries

Spain has a public company, SELAE, which is responsible for the state lottery. It is attached to the Ministry of Finance. Originally known as ONLAE (National Lottery and Gambling Agency of the State), SELAE was formed by the merger of two separate institutions. The SELAE executive stated that the SELAE’s nett turnover in 2021 was EUR8,132 million. This is expected to rise to EUR8,850 million in 2022.

French state lotteries

The French state lotteries date back to the eighteenth century. The state legalized gambling, but the monarchy was wary of private lotteries, fearing that they could become corrupt. The Conseil de France ruled in 1759 that no one could promote or sell lottery tickets without the monarchy’s approval. Exceptions to this rule were granted only for charitable purposes or to fund public works.

New South Wales lotteries

New South Wales has several lotteries available for players. The Wednesday and Monday Lottos are played throughout the state. Each draw has a Division 1 prize pool of $1 million, with Monday night “superdraws” boasting a $5 million Division 1 prize pool. Both games began life as New South Wales-only lotteries, but were moved to Thursdays between 1989 and 1996. Powerball is also offered on Thursdays.

Canadian lotteries

There are several different types of Canadian lotteries. While they are widely available, not all are created equal. Canada has a rich history of lotteries, and many of them have evolved to serve many goals.