The lotteries worldwide history

The lottery goes back for many many years, even right back to the World Wars where the lottery was used in a way to raise funds for the army, property developments and is now known as the ultimate game that nearly 80% of the world’s population plays.

Dating right back in France, the lottery has been around since 1539 –1789. The lottery was very different then, King Francis I of France was exposed the lottery system during his campaigns in Italy, this is where he decided to organize a lottery in his kingdom to help sort out the state finances. The first recorded lottery in France was held in 1539. The tickets were very pricey and the social classes that could afford them opposed to the project. For a number of centuries, the French lotteries forbidden or, in most situations, tolerated.

The Great United Kingdom, they had a lottery system in place since 1566 – 1826. According to history statements the English were probably the first to experiment with raffles and similar games to the lottery of today. The first official lottery was held by Queen Elizabeth I, back in the year 1566 but he drawn only happened in 1569. This lotto was designed to raise money for a Government cause. Each of the ticket holders won a prize, these prizes were in the form of silver plate and other valuable items.

Back in early America, 1612–1900, the United States was granted the rights to raise money to help early established settlers in the first official English colony in Virginia. These lotteries played a big significant part in financing of private and public ventures. After more than 200 lotteries between 1744 and 1776, the money was used to finance roads, libraries, churches, colleges, canals, bridges etc in America.

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