There are over 45 states that run lottery games. A large portion of this revenue goes towards funding education, public safety, and transportation services. In some cases, the proceeds go to the general fund or state pension systems. However, in others, the money is spent to help preserve natural resources or open space.
The lottery in the US has been around since the 1700s. Newspaper ads from that time period suggest that hundreds of lotteries operated across the country. Several Northeastern states are also considering legalizing online lotteries.
While there are several multistate lotteries, most states only offer one or two draw games. These include Mega Millions and Powerball. Some states have more instant win games. Instant games are similar to scratch-off lottery tickets, in that players match symbols to win prizes instantly.
Some states also offer local games. For example, Michigan offers electronic scratch-offs and jackpot game tickets online. North Dakota and Florida do not offer in-house lotteries. But they are members of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Those who live in these states can play the state’s e-Instant games and participate in two multi-state draws.
In addition to local and multi-state games, Pennsylvania offers a number of draw games. Some of the draw games available are Powerball, Lotto America, Keno, MegaMillions, and several other draw games. Ticket purchases for the multi-state draws are available on the state’s official website.
In addition to traditional games, the Virginia Lottery offers a number of draw and instant win games. Residents can play several of these games online, or they can play on the state’s mobile app. Those who purchase tickets can also watch the drawing on six TV stations.
Besides the multi-state draw games, Pennsylvania also provides a number of instant win games. Some of the newest releases are the Prospector’s Jackpots and Doublin’ Doubloons. Those who play the state’s e-Instant lottery can win prizes of up to $20.
Online lotteries are not as popular as sports betting, but they are growing. Despite federal laws that prohibit gambling companies from paying out prizes directly to customers, a number of states have begun legalizing online lotteries. This trend will likely continue to grow, as many of these states rely on the proceeds from these games for education, transportation, and other vital services.
Although the number of states offering online lottery is limited, most of them have websites that allow players to buy tickets, view winning numbers, and get information. Purchasing tickets online is becoming easier, especially with the enactment of a new law in New Hampshire.
Aside from the state’s lottery, Iowa is also an active member of the Multi-State Lottery association. In addition to a state-wide game, residents can also play three in-house draw games. As of January 2021, the District of Columbia will begin running its own lottery. Those who purchase tickets will have the chance to win a variety of jackpots, including the Eurojackpot, the largest in the world.
Currently, only six states in the United States do not operate lotteries: Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, and Wyoming. By the end of the century, there will be over 40 states operating lotteries.