Getting a chance to win big on the lottery is an American dream. Since its beginning, the lottery has been one of the most popular forms of legal gambling in the United States. Today, there are 45 states and the Virgin Islands operating state-wide lotteries. While the number of lottery games in the US varies from state to state, there are a few standard games that are available nearly everywhere.
New Hampshire was the first state to offer a lottery in 1964. Today, the New Hampshire Lottery features Mega Millions, Powerball and other draw games. The lottery also offers a variety of instant win games and multi-state draw games.
The Vermont Lottery features a variety of draw and instant win games. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association and provides players with a variety of options to choose from. The proceeds of the lottery are distributed to the education fund, which is used to support the state’s public schools and other education-related programs.
The Michigan Lottery, which was first created in 2005, offers players an online option to purchase tickets. In addition to buying online, players can also play in-house scratch-off games. Since 2013, the Michigan Lottery has added a variety of instant games to its roster. These games include Fantasy 5, Keno, and Lotto 47.
The North Dakota Lottery started operation in 2004. Since then, the lottery has offered an online purchase option and has become the largest multi-state lottery in the US. In addition to Powerball, the North Dakota Lottery also participates in Mega Millions drawings. The proceeds from this lottery go to the state’s general fund and gambling treatment and prevention programs.
The Pennsylvania Lottery offers eight draw games, including the Pennsylvania Lotto and Virtual Sports. The Pennsylvania Lottery also provides players with a variety of instant win games. However, the Pennsylvania Lottery does not offer MegaMillions online.
The Oregon Lottery offers players a variety of in-house games. The lottery also offers several multi-state games, including Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto America. The lottery proceeds also go to a variety of state causes and programs, including natural resources, problem gambling treatment, and school budgets.
The California State Lottery was founded in 1984 and is a charter member of the Multi-State Lottery association. It is one of 11 states that offers online lottery play. The lottery’s profits are distributed to education programs and senior care services.
The Florida Lottery also offers several games, including Mega Millions and Powerball. The lottery’s proceeds are used to fund the state’s education programs, including school construction and renovations. However, the majority of the lottery’s proceeds go to the state’s public schools, which are used to support student-centered learning environments. The lottery’s profits are also used to support the state’s public employee pension systems and general fund.
The Iowa Lottery, which is also a member of the Multi-State Association, offers players a variety of in-house and multi-state games. The lottery proceeds are distributed to the state’s general fund, education programs, and state parks.