Lotteries were invented in ancient times and were used to help fund public projects in Ancient China. During the Han Dynasty, these public lotteries helped finance the construction of the Great Wall of China. Later on, the Roman Empire organized public lotteries to raise money for the poor and walls. Some records show that lottery games were even earlier and were often played at dinner parties. Emperor Augustus even held a commercial lottery in 1445, and the proceeds were meant to repair the City of Rome.
In addition to distributing traditional instant lottery tickets, some local governments have also developed web-based lottery games, known as e-games. These games are similar to the basic lottery card, but allow for gameplay over the internet. The New Jersey lottery commission created a version of the game Tetris, while another local lottery commission created CyberSlingo. As more states adopt modern lottery technologies, this trend is set to continue. While online lottery sales are still relatively new, many people are turning to this alternative.
While modern lotteries are mostly played by private individuals, they can also be used to help government projects. Early lottery games helped build fortifications and prepare for wars. In addition, they helped provide financial aid for the poor. In the United States, lottery games have been used by governments to improve public infrastructure and support social programs. More than two hundred lotteries were sanctioned between 1744 and 1776. They also provided much-needed funds for educational programs and government projects. Princeton and Columbia Universities were both financed through a lottery during the 1740s, while the University of Pennsylvania’s Academy Lottery was launched in 1755. Many colonies also used lottery money to build fortifications and local militias. In 1758, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts held a lottery to raise funds for its “Expedition against Canada”.