The History of the Lottery
The lottery was first played in 1890 in China, where slips were recorded dating back to the Han Dynasty. Many of the earliest drawings were reportedly for the building of the British Museum and the repair of bridges. In America, the game of chance was first mentioned in the Chinese Book of Songs, where it was called a “drawing of wood.” Several states subsequently made the lottery legal. But it didn’t become legal until the mid-1890s, when all but two states embraced it.
The first known lottery was held in France during King Francis I’s reign. He decided to hold a lottery in France to raise funds for the state’s fortifications. This lottery was called the Loterie Royale, and was authorized by an edict of Chateaurenard. Although it may have been a flop, town records indicate that the practice may have been even earlier. In L’Ecluse, a record from 9 May 1445 mentions that the town raised money for fortifications and walls by selling 4,304 tickets. The amount of florins was about US$170,000 in 2014.
The history of the lottery is similar to that of other types of lottery games. In the 1500s, French towns introduced public lotteries in order to raise money for their local fortifications. The lottery continued to be popular until the seventeenth century, when King Louis XIV stepped in and won the top prize of a drawing. Ultimately, however, he returned the money, and the lottery was banned. A new French lotterie was established in 1836, but it was not until World War II that it was revived.
While there are different histories of the lottery in different countries, most European lotteries have similar histories. In the 1500s, French towns held public lotteries to raise money for various purposes, such as fortifications. The French lottery was very popular, but it only lasted until the 17th century, when Louis XIV allegedly won the top prize. After his death, the lottery was outlawed. It was reinstituted in 1836, but in 1933, a new one was established. It remained closed for a few years before the Second World War.
The history of lotteries varies between countries. In the Netherlands, lotteries were used to collect funds for poor people and were a common way to raise money for other public purposes. In the UK, the oldest and most famous of these was the state-sponsored Staatsloterij, which is the oldest lottery in the country. This Dutch version is the oldest continuously operating lotteries, but the English name is derived from the word “lot”, which means “fate”.
The first lotteries in the United States were held in the Low Countries, where many towns held public lotteries to raise money for poor people and for fortifications. In the 1740s, the lottery in L’Ecluse was used to raise money for the town’s wall and fortifications. It was a way to fight back against the French and Indian Wars. Today, it is still common to find a number of examples of public lotteries in the US.