The history of the lottery dates back to Ancient China, when a series of lottery games were held for the purposes of financing government projects. The first record of lottery games dates back to 205 BC, when the games were used to fund important government projects such as the Great Wall of China. Lottery games were later organized during the Roman Empire and were popular entertainment at dinner parties. In fact, the first commercial lottery was organized by Emperor Augustus to raise funds for repairing the City of Rome.
Today, lottery games are available in almost every state in the US. While most states have legalized online gambling, only six of them have made their lotteries available online. That’s despite the fact that online lottery sales have outpaced the growth of online casinos. As more states become aware of the online gambling boom, they are moving to legalize online lottery games. While legalizing lottery games online isn’t a surefire way to boost state revenues, it is still a good idea for lottery companies.
Today, there are official lottery websites for most states. These websites are primarily useful for displaying winning lottery numbers, finding locations, and getting contact information. But in addition to these, some online lotteries are expanding their service offerings by adding Instant Games, which are casino-like games with wagering capabilities, available both on the web and through mobile apps. With this expansion, lottery games are becoming more accessible to players and can be played from anywhere in the world.