Throughout history, lotteries have provided people with the chance to win life-changing prizes. They have been used by governments to help fund various projects and prepare for wars. Some historians believe that the Chinese used the lottery to fund the construction of the Great Wall of China.
Most lotteries are run by state governments. There are 44 states that operate state-wide lotteries, including Alabama, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington D.C. Each state’s lottery offers different games. In addition to the official games, some states allow players to purchase tickets online. The following table outlines the various games available in each state.
The New Hampshire Lottery has been operating since 1964. The lottery includes several draw games, including Mega Millions and Powerball. The lottery also offers instant win games, like Lucky for Life. The lottery is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The Connecticut Lottery is one of the oldest lottery organizations in the US. The lottery’s proceeds are redirected to the state’s General Fund and schools. It has contributed more than $10 billion to the state’s General Fund since 1972. The lottery’s profits also help fund public education, retirement and health benefits for state workers, and debt services.
The New Mexico Lottery offers several draw games and scratchers. The lottery is a member of the Mid-State Lottery Association, which includes the Iowa and Wyoming lotteries. The lottery’s profits also help fund state parks and wildlife habitats.
The Maine Lottery is part of the Multi-State Lottery Alliance. The lottery’s proceeds are distributed to state causes, including natural resources, parks, and problem gambling treatment. It also features instant win games at retail outlets. The lottery also features several in-house games.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is one of the few state-run lotteries that allows online purchases. In October 2017, the state’s gambling laws were updated to allow for online poker, online casino games, and online lotteries. The lottery’s website features an online game called Keno, but it does not offer MegaMillions or Powerball. The lottery’s website offers an option to purchase tickets for its iLottery, which was introduced in February 2021.
The Oregon Lottery has six games. The lottery’s profits go to state causes, including natural resources, parks, public education, and problem gambling treatment. The lottery’s online games include Scratch-offs and Keno. The lottery also features several in-house and multi-state draw games.
The Michigan Lottery is governed by the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery. Players can buy tickets online, in-person, or through a lottery concierge service. The lottery’s profits are distributed to the state’s public schools, towns, and universities. 97 cents of every dollar is returned to the state in prizes and contributions.
The Connecticut Lottery Corporation is a quasi-public state agency that generates revenue for the state consistent with social responsibility. It paid out $925 million in prize money in fiscal year 2021. In addition, the lottery’s profits help fund state debt services, retired employee benefits, and general fund services.