Whether or not you’ve heard of them, lotteries are one of the oldest forms of legal gambling in the United States. As of 2021, 45 states operate state-wide lotteries. They’re also located in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. There are also eight jurisdictions that have introduced online lotteries in recent years.
One of the first US states to offer a lottery was New Hampshire, which began operations in 1964. Today, New Hampshire lottery players can play Powerball and Mega Millions. Another multi-state game is Lucky for Life. In addition to its Mega Millions game, North Dakota lottery players can also play several other draw games.
Pennsylvania has eleven draw games. While they don’t offer online Powerball or MegaMillions, players can purchase tickets for several other draw games. The lottery’s profits go to public schools, transportation services, and low-cost prescription programs.
The state of New Jersey began running its own lottery in 1970. It has since given more than $42 billion in prizes. As of 2017, the lottery had contributed almost $28 billion to local education. However, there have been some recent criticisms of the state’s lottery system.
Minnesota lottery players can buy tickets in-person, or they can purchase them online. The lottery offers four in-house games, as well as four multi-state draw games. In addition, players can purchase tickets for Mega Millions and other lottery games from similar retailers in other states. The state’s lottery is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The Connecticut Lottery is one of the oldest lottery organizations in the United States. Since 1972, the organization has contributed more than $10 billion to the state’s general fund. As of fiscal year 2020, the CT Lottery players won $822 million in prize money. It also contributed $348 million to the state’s general fund, and provided support to other state lottery programs.
The Illinois Lottery has four exclusive draw games. In addition, the state offers several instant win games, such as Street Fighter II Instant Win. Players can win prizes ranging from $1 to $10. The Wisconsin Lottery offers state-based and draw games, as well as multi-state draw games.
The Maryland Lottery is the third largest source of revenue in the state. After corporate taxes, the money from lottery ticket sales goes to education programs. The lottery also directs nearly $1 billion per year to the school aid fund. It is one of the few lottery systems that allows constituents to purchase tickets directly on the state’s application.
Virginia’s lottery includes several draw games. They also offer Cash4Life, which features a weekly jackpot of $1,000 for life. The lottery’s proceeds also go to public school construction and renovations. In addition, the lottery’s proceeds are used to help law enforcement, senior care services, and human services. The lottery’s proceeds are also used to support public health and environmental programs.
The state of Hawaii does not feature a lottery. Instead, players can play keno draws or scratch-offs.