Whether you are an avid lottery enthusiast or just like to try your luck, there are a few important things to consider. Firstly, it is important to remember that the odds aren’t all the same. There are multistate lotteries, which have different odds, and some lotteries offer jackpots that are billions of dollars. Secondly, it’s important to protect yourself from scams and jealousy.
First recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty
Probably the oldest recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty (205-187 B.C.). They refer to the “drawing of lots” in a lottery style game, and were likely used to fund major government projects.
The earliest known European lotteries were held during the Roman Empire. These were mainly entertainment at dinner parties, but they also raised funds for various public uses. They were distributed by wealthy noblemen during Saturnalian revels.
Multistate lotteries have different odds
Using the latest statistics, the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries estimates that state lotteries raked in a whopping $56.4 billion in fiscal year 2006. Fortunately, the multistate juggernaut isn’t confined to the state lines, as of press time the company was still operating out of California. In fact, if you were to ask any lottery enthusiast, you’d be hard pressed to find a state where the lottery was not in full force.
Mega Millions has had three billion-dollar jackpots
Throughout the history of the Mega Millions game, it has had three billion-dollar jackpots. One was won in California in 2018, another in South Carolina in 2018, and the third in Illinois in 2018.
The Mega Millions jackpot has not been won in 29 consecutive draws. In the two other jackpot wins, both were won in California. The California ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven on Kooser Road in San Jose. The Illinois ticket was sold at a gas station in Des Plaines, about 20 miles outside of Chicago.
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