The first Lottery ever


What was the world's first lottery?

If you’re the type who likes to collect your money every week and go buy your tickets for the number of lotteries there are in chances of winning big, then you may appreciate the fact that lotteries have been around for centuries. The chances of actually winning big are slim but there’s always the theory that someone has to win and that it can’t be you unless you buy a ticket. But just how long have people been throwing money into a lottery, hoping to make it out with thousands or millions more than they began with? What was the first lottery? That depends on what you consider to be a real lottery.

It was during the Han Dynasty in China between 205 and 187 BC that what could be called the first lottery was ever recorded. This lottery was in the form of Keno notes which would be distributed and the winner receiving a small prize. The government started this lottery in order to help fund government projects, such as the Great Wall of China.

In Europe it was during the Roman Empire that lotteries began cropping up. At this time lotteries were given in the way of dinner parties and every guest would be handed a slip of paper at some point throughout the party. At the end of the evening, every guest would go home with something. This wasn’t so much a lottery as it was the rich people wanting to show how much money they had. These could however, be considered to be some of the very first door prizes!

However, it was in 1434 that the first actual public lotteries were held and recorded for the history books. It was in areas of the Low Countries such as Flanders, Belgium, Holland and France that citizens would purchase tickets in the hopes that they would win and receive a cash award. These lotteries were used by the government to help fortify the towns as well as to help the poor. It was the Dutch that originally created the system of calculating the amount of prize money given by the odds of winning and assigned a certain number of tickets to be ‘winners.’

The first Lottery ever

The first Lottery ever

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