The Origins of Lottery Games in the United States and Canada


Whether it’s your first time taking part in a lottery, or you’re just interested in winning, it’s important to know what to expect and how to handle it. In this article, we’ll look at the origins of lotteries in colonial America and Canada, and discuss some of the most popular lottery games in the United States and Canada.

Origins in colonial America

During the colonial era, lotteries played an important role in the economic and social life of early America. They were a popular form of entertainment, as well as a way to raise funds for public works projects. They were often used to pay for schools, colleges, bridges, and infrastructure, and were even used as a means of financing the Revolutionary War.

The first lottery in Colonial America was held in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1745. The winner received a prize of 4,000 crowns, or about PS29,000 today.

The next two lotteries in Colonial America were held in Philadelphia and Rhode Island. The prize for these lotteries was an acre of land. The winnings were used to build churches, schools, and other public projects.

Winnings in the U.S.

Depending on where you live, you might be in the unenviable position of having to pay a state gambling tax or a federal gambling tax. Regardless of where you reside, there are many states that tax gambling. The most common state tax is the California state tax, which is 6% of gross income. If you have the misfortune of living in a state where gambling is legal, you’ll have to pay taxes on your winnings, but there are some states that tax gambling income at a much lower rate. This is the cost of doing business and the smartest thing to do is shop around.

Some states have no gambling tax at all, or minimal tax on casino winnings. Those states are not as lax on gambling as the federal government, but there are still some states that levy a tax on gambling.

Canadian lotteries

Buying tickets for Canadian lotteries can be a fun and rewarding activity. A lottery ticket is relatively inexpensive and a prize can be won on the spot. If you win a prize, you will need to claim it in Canada. You can usually withdraw your prize within 3 to 5 business days. The prize money is tax free.

One of the most popular lotteries in Canada is Lotto 6/49. The draw for this game takes place every Friday and the jackpot can reach $63.4 million. You only need to match six numbers to win the jackpot. Secondary prizes can be worth as much as CAD$500,000. You will need to add $1 for “Extra” numbers.

Another popular lotterie is Lotto Max. This game, which was formerly called Lotto Super 7, allows players to win a multi-million dollar prize nationally.