The first recorded lotteries involved selling tickets with money prizes. In the Low Countries, towns held public lotteries to raise money for town fortifications and poor people. While the first lotteries were likely in the sixteenth century, there is some evidence that the concept goes back much further. A record dated 9 May 1445 from the town of L’Ecluse mentions a lottery of 4,304 tickets worth a total of 22,000 florins, the equivalent of about US$170,000 in today’s currency.
The online lottery in the state of Rhode Island came as a surprise in summer 2020. It didn’t need a new law to operate online – provisions granted to the lottery as a sports betting supplier were sufficient. However, there was little public attention paid to the lottery until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state and shut down most retail gaming in the state. This left only a few sports for residents to wager on. Therefore, the online lottery quickly got attention.
Although lottery sales online are not legal in every state, a growing number of jurisdictions have passed legislation to allow online purchases. The Internet lottery is now available in more than a dozen states, and more are expected to follow suit. Currently, you can buy tickets online from official state lottery websites. Some states also offer instant win scratch cards. However, these are not widely available. So, be cautious of scams that advertise lottery tickets online. It’s better to stick with reputable lottery ticket sellers and play only the official state lottery.