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USA Lottery; How Much Do You Know?by Terro White


The state and multi-state lotteries in the US are among the most popular in the world. This is mainly because they have the greatest average jackpots in the world. As sales increase, so are the jackpots. USA lottery is run by individual jurisdictions. Majority of the states, totaling forty three, have amended their constitutions to make provisions for legal lottery. The existence of lotteries in the USA is subject to the laws of each jurisdiction. As such, there is no national lottery.

USA Lottery has come a long way

As early as nineteenth century, private lotteries were legal in the USA. As such, one needs not to worry about lottery in the USA. Quite a number of USA patents were granted on new types of lotteries which can today be considered business method patents. Many illegal lotteries thrived before the introduction of state sponsored lotteries. The USA lotto is today established in forty two states. The other states outside mainland USA like Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and Virgin Islands approved state lottery in 2008.

1964 saw the establishment of the first modern state lottery in the USA. This was in New Hampshire. Many modern lotteries have since been established in many states. The first modern interstate lottery was formed in 1985. This linked three of the New England states. Three years later, the Multi-State Lottery Association was formed with seven states as its charter members. The states included Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, District of Columbia and West Virginia.

This organization is famous for its Powerball drawing which was meant to establish very large jackpots. Another interstate lottery which is today being referred to as Mega Millions was established in 1966 by the states of Georgia, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland. New Jersey, Ohio, Washington, California and Texas joined these states later to make a total of twelve members.

Lottery goes high-tech

The instant lottery tickets that are also known as scratch cards have become a major source of state lottery avenue having been introduced in the nineteen-seventies. Some states have introduced keno and video lottery terminals which have also become popular. Cashola, Hot Lotto and Wild Card 2 are also some of the USA lotteries.

As such, any individual who desires to make millions through lottery has no reasons to worry since the majority of the states have established modern lotteries. Thirty percent of the global online and instant lottery business is administered by a USA Corporation. The USA lottery has had to keep up with the many challenges especially with regard to the prohibitive nature of online gaming rules which has made lottery games to face less scrutiny.

The result has been an increase in websites offering lottery ticket purchasing services that charge premiums on base lottery prices. The legitimacy of such services are questionable across the USA as the laws of gambling related to lottery play have generally not kept up with the spread of technology.

Where do the proceeds go?

Currently, the majority of USA lottery donates a substantial amount of their proceeds to the public education system. These funds however replace instead of supplement conventional funding. The consequence has been lack of additional money for education. With every ticket purchased, know that is directed towards a good course and the game is all legal.



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