ttery) which is no doubt one of the most popular games in the world was brought by the Italians in the early 16th century, 1530 precisely. At the early start of lotto, it was wholly controlled by the state. People buy tickets and they receive prizes according to the percentage of the money received. Lotto really helped the authority in Italy, because, it made social responsibilities more easy. Money gotten from lotto was employed in building schools, building and repairing roads, hospitals and so on. Perhaps, it was by this significant effect it had in Italy that made many other European countries to accept it
Lotto was not only played in Europe, it also gained its ground in America. It was taken to America by European immigrants. The English played a prominent role in running lotto and using lotto to develop their colonies. The king James 1 of England made a lottery in London to aid Jamestown, virgina- the first British colony in America. This brought a significant development to the colony. Lotto did not only help in developing Jamestown, it also helped in building other parts in America.
America has a very good lotto history, it is in record that from 1612 to 1621, lotteries run at Jamestown provided colonist with about 8000 pounds annually, this money assisted them to pay for access of many ISTORY OF LOT H TO Lotto (lonew immigrants. Not only this, in the late eighteenth century, lottery as a legal game was used to finance state and private projects in Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York. For many years lotto was really behind road constructions, bridges, schools etc.
It was obvious that lottery brings a lot of money. Private firms saw lottery as a very lucrative business, and they took advantage of it. This brought corruption into the running of the game. This got to the extent where government couldn’t control the game effectively.
These corruptions informed the decision of the government to ban the game. New York was the first to place a ban on lotto in the 1820s; by 1879 all states have fully prohibited the game except Louisiana. It was in 1905 when the supreme court reinforced law enforcement agents power to regulate gambling that Louisiana complied with the anti lottery law.
A remarkable year in the history of American lotto was in 1964, when new Hampshire created the first state lotto tied to horse races just to avoid the anti lottery laws. This was emulated by other states, New York was the first (1969). This was not only copied across the US, but also all around the world.