Lottery games are among the oldest forms of legal gambling in the United States. During the colonial era, newspaper ads revealed that hundreds of lotteries were operating across the country. Today, there are nearly 45 states that offer some form of lottery. A few of these are multi-state and draw games, while others allow only local games. Some lotteries are even available online.
The North Carolina Lottery has a history of providing more than $5.5 billion to educational programs. Its revenues support programs in the areas of education, public school construction, and renovations. In fact, the state’s Common School Fund receives 25 cents from each dollar in ticket sales. Other proceeds go to town, city, and school systems, and to state parks and natural resources.
New Jersey’s lottery has seven draw games, including the popular MegaMillions. Players can also play the game online, as well as on mobile devices. Ticket prizes range from $1 to $20. Ticket winners must clear wagering requirements before receiving their prize.
New Hampshire’s lottery has Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as many other draw games. Players can also try their luck with scratch-off and instant win games. Idaho is part of the Multi-State Lottery Association. However, it only offers three multi-state draw games.
Iowa is another state that offers a variety of games. In addition to Lotto America, it also offers Cash4Life, which provides players with a $1,000 weekly prize for life. There are also several in-house games.
The Missouri Lottery has eight draw games. These include: Daily Lottery Games, Keno, and Scratch-Offs. Similarly, the North Dakota Lottery has four draw games. These games include: Lucky for Life, Powerball, Mega Millions, and Cash4Life.
Several other states have begun to offer online lotteries. However, most are not yet widely available. Despite this, many more states are working to legalize online lotteries. Currently, Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada are the only states that do not offer legal lotteries.
Online lottery sales are not as popular as sports betting, but they are becoming more popular in some states. For instance, Georgia’s lottery has sold a huge volume of tickets electronically. Until recently, the sale of lottery tickets was restricted to people physically present in the state. Thankfully, this has changed. Since January 2021, residents of the District of Columbia will be able to purchase lottery tickets online. They must be at least 18 years old, and be a resident of the district.
Illinois was the first state to allow the sale of lottery tickets online. It launched a pilot program in March 2012. The website later added Powerball lottery tickets, and Instant Games.