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History of Lotteries

The roots of Lotteries have grown deep and spread far. "Casting lots" is even mentioned in the Bible. The first lottery to offer cash prizes most likely originated in Florence, Italy, in the 16th century. It was dubbed Lotto de Firenze, and spread quickly to other Italian cities. Italy's national lottery is still called Lotto, as are those in the United States and many other countries.

Lotteries were all the rage in Colonial America. Most were held for charitable or civic purposes, like building churches and schools. Lotteries fell into disfavor by the mid-19th century. Things then changed in the second half of the 20th century. The U.S. State of New Hampshire was the forerunner, holding its first Lottery in 1964. Other states gradually followed suit. In the 1980s and 1990s, the ancient game became once again, one of the most popular gambling games in America.

Today you see people of all ages and walks of life picking numbers. In the United States, annual Lottery sales have grown into the billions of dollars. In many states, it costs just $1 for the chance to change their lives forever.

No person, system, or article can honestly guarantee to make you a Lottery winner. Choose a system, have some fun, and take a chance. You just might become up a millionaire.

Types of Lotteries

In Lotto, 6 numbers are drawn from a range of numbers (such as 42, 46, 47, 49, 51, and 54). To play Lotto, indicate your 6 chosen numbers by marking the numbered squares on a play slip. Present your play slip to any Lottery retailer who will enter your selection in the on-line terminal, which produces your game ticket. The ticket, not the play slip, is the official receipt and must be presented and validated in the event of a win. Lottery agents are found in convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The price for Lotto ticket is still $1 in many states. Typically, Lotto drawings are held twice a week, usually on Wednesday and Saturday nights. However, this may not be true for every state. The Lottery officials use special ball-drawing machines with numbered balls. The machine randomly shoots out 6 balls; which display the winning numbers for that evening's Lottery drawing. If all 6 of your numbers exactly match the numbers drawn, you win the jackpot. Numbers don't need to be listed in any particular order, as long as they match those drawn. If two or more persons correctly pick the winning numbers, the winners split the prize money. If no one wins, the prize money rolls over and the jackpot becomes increasingly larger. Lotto is a pari-mutuel game, meaning the amount of the prize is determined by total sales for each drawing and the number of winners

Little Lottos
Little Lotto games have better odds and are played more often. The method of play is similar to that of Lotto, but the number of balls drawn and the playing fields are usually lower. Generally, they are held six or seven days a week. The amount of the prize money for Little Lotto games works the same as Lotto. Since there are fewer "picks" than in Lotto, the odds of winning these games are higher.

The Dailies
Pick 3 and Pick 4 games are usually played twice a day, six days a week, often once a day on Sundays. For Pick 3 (also called Cash 3), players choose any three-digit number from 000 to 999, and for Pick 4 (or Cash 4), any four-digit number from 0000 to 9999. You win if your three numbers are drawn, no matter in what order. If you choose exact/any and your three digits are in the exact order drawn, you win the prize for exact plus the prize for any. Or if you choose the correct numbers, but not in the correct order, you still win the smaller payoff.

Multi-State Games
Originally, States with small populations joined together to create games that have bigger jackpots. Games now include states with a wide range of populations. One such game is Mega Millions, formerly called The Big Game, which is now played in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Mega Millions has two separate drawings -- one of which is a "bonus" type ball, or the Megaball. Along with the "Mega" jackpots are, of course, mega odds. In 2000, while still called The Big Game, it made headlines when it offered the largest jackpot in North American history, $363 million.

Powerball is offered by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). It's played in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To win, the player must correctly pick five numbers drawn from a field of 55 (5/55) and also correctly pick the Powerball number, which is one number drawn from a field of 42 (1/42). Two separate ball-drawing machines are used. Powerball has formidable odds against winning. But the payoff is comparable to Mega Millions and has made it one of the most popular lotteries in America. As in Lotto, you can still win a smaller amount if you correctly pick some of the numbers. These drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Lottery Glossary

Adjacent Numbers
Numbers that are next to each other, or on either side (+1 or -1) of the Lotto numbers that hit in the last drawing.

Alternate Numbers
Also called a bonus number or a supplementary number, is an extra number in a Lotto game which comes from a separate number field than the rest of the numbers.

The sum of all lotto numbers in a group, divided by the total number of numbers in the group.

Ball Sets
The groups of Lotto balls that Lotteries use in their drawing machines to choose the winning numbers.

Something that has gone on too long or has gone too far out of line from the norm in Lotto.

Bonus Numbers
Also called an alternate number or supplementary number, is an extra number in a lotto game which comes from a separate number field than the rest of the numbers.

Three increasingly longer skip periods between wins of a lottery number.

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Lottery Quotes

A number of moralists condemn lotteries and refuse to see anything noble in the passion of the ordinary gambler. They judge gambling as some atheist’s judge religion, by its excesses.
Charles Lamb, English Essayist

We’re encouraged to believe that it’s okay for the Lottery to rob us blind because so much of the money is going to good causes.
Derek McGovern, Sports Journalist

Since the World is but a kind of Lottery, why should Gamesters be begrudged the drawing of a Prize?
Jeremy Collier, English Theologian

A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax…laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.
Thomas Jefferson, Former US President

Lottery Jokes

Man Wins the Lottery
A man rushes into his house and yells to his wife, "Martha, pack up your things. I just won the state lottery!"
Martha replies, "Shall I pack for warm weather or cold?"
The man responds, "I don't care. Just so long as you're out of the house by noon!"

Lottery Guy
A guy named Joe finds himself in dire trouble. His business has gone bust and he's in serious financial trouble. He's so desperate he decides to ask God for help. He begins to pray... "God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lottery."

Lottery night comes and somebody else wins it.
Joe again prays...

"God, please let me win the lottery! I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well."
Lotto night comes and Joe still has no luck.
Once again, he prays...

"My God, why have you forsaken me?? I've lost my business, my house, and my car. My wife and children are starving. I don't often ask you for help and I have always been a good servant to you. PLEASE just let me win the lottery this one time so I can get my life back in order."

Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open and Joe is confronted by the voice of God Himself:
"Joe, meet Me halfway on this. Buy a ticket."

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