USA Lotteries Online for Players
In the United States, the lotteries are run by forty seven jurisdictions, which translate to forty four states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. All lotteries run in the United States are subject to the laws of each jurisdiction. There is no national lottery.
The taking part in and enjoying gambling can be traced back in the United States to the 1600s, to the influence of the English colonies. Originally seen as a sign of laziness or a vice, gambling was seen as a cause of the colonists not being able to support themselves. Lotteries were not only an enjoyable form of entertainment, however, but they were also a source of revenue for the colonists. The financiers of many of the early towns funded lotteries to help support their colony. The thirteen early colonies did eventually each establish a lottery system to raise revenue, and playing the lottery was seen by the colonists as almost an obligation and civic responsibility.
Funds obtained from the early USA lotteries were commonly used for good purposes, like funding for all kinds of public works, like schools, roads, and bridges. Later on in the 1830s there was some public backlash against the USA lotteries on moral grounds, and several states actually banned the playing of lotteries.
The first modern lottery run by one of the jurisdictions in the USA was in Puerto Rico in 1934, followed by New Hampshire. Today all forty four states run lotteries. In 1988, the Multi-State Lottery Association was formed, which includes several states as its charter members. This is best known as the Powerball, which was designed to create large jackpots.
Another joint lottery is the Big Game, now called the Mega Millions, formed in 1996 by six other US states. An instant lottery in the form of scratch cards were introduced in the 1970s and have become a major source of revenue. Some states have even introduced a form of keno and video lottery terminals, which are actually slot machines. Some USA lotteries also feature three, four, five or six digit games, similar to the old numbers games. Some of these games even offer jackpots.
Huge Jackpots on Offer
Some online betting sites will provide up to the minute lottery results to millions of visitors. The lottery results can also be archived, so if the player misses a draw or simply wants to check numbers again, it will be possible. They can cover all the major lottery results, for example Mega Millions, Powerball, New York lottery, CA Lottery and Hot lotto. The Mega Millions, along with Powerball, usually produces the largest jackpots in the country, although there are sometimes huge jackpots won in the other USA lotteries too. Both of these lotteries are multi-jurisdictional lotteries, and one is drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the other Wednesdays and Saturdays, so on nearly every day of the week is there a chance of becoming a millionaire.
The richest USA lotteries winner so far has been the winner of 591 million dollars in a Florida lottery, the second biggest lottery-winning jackpot in history.
In recent years there has also been new applications created, such as Jackpocket and AutoLotto, so that people are able to buy lottery tickets using their smart phones.