During the Middle Ages, lotteries were used by governments to help poor people. Lottery tickets became collectors’ items and were used to finance important government projects. In the 18th century, newspaper advertisements indicated that there were hundreds of lotteries across the US.
Today, there are 45 states and the Virgin Islands that operate lotteries in the U.S. Some of these states are more widely known for their lotteries than others. However, all of these lotteries offer different draw games and instant win games.
One of the largest multi-state lottery games in the United States is Powerball. The biggest national lottery game in the United States is Mega Millions. Each state participating in the MegaMillions is listed below.
New Hampshire was the first US state to operate a lottery. It began in 1964. This lottery includes several draw games and also has a few in-house games. The proceeds from the lottery go to the state’s general fund and public school systems.
Iowa is another state that operates a lottery. It offers a variety of in-house games and has eight draw games. Those participating in the Iowa lottery may also play online.
Colorado is one of the states that has been in business since the year 1983. It has a few in-house draw games and multi-state lottery games as well. They include Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lucky for Life.
The North Dakota lottery has been in operation since 2004. The state started offering in-house games and multi-state lottery games as well. The lottery website later added a “Daily Lottery Games” feature to the website. Those who purchase lottery tickets online may choose to play one of three in-house lottery games.
The Missouri lottery was founded in 1986. This lottery provides eight draw games and a number of instant games. The lottery website later expanded to provide online tickets for Powerball.
The North Dakota lottery has six games. The lottery website allows players to purchase online tickets for Powerball and Mega Millions. The lottery website also features a feature where people can play scratch-offs, keno, and 2by2 games. The ticket prices range from $1 to $20. Those who purchase tickets can claim prizes of up to $50,000 in person at the lottery office.
Washington DC residents can purchase lottery tickets online. They must be at least 18 years of age to do so. In December of 2020, the District of Columbia rushed out emergency rules allowing lottery players to buy tickets online. Those who participate in the online lottery will receive a 50% bonus credit when they sign up for the lottery. Those who purchase tickets online can use the code ONLINE10 to receive ten free games.
Virginia’s lotteries are a part of the Multi-State Lottery Association. The lottery website later added Daily Lottery Games and an Instant Games section. Its website later included a “Play Smart(tm)” service mark, licensed by NCEL.
The Virginia Lottery offers a wide variety of draw games and a number of online games. The lottery’s proceeds are used to benefit public school renovations, construction, and other activities.