The American Lottery History! Lotteries were standard sources for public and private financing in the US during the late 18th century. The initial financing of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania was by lotteries. Lotteries also played a part in supporting the war efforts during the French Wars and the American Revolution. By the late 19th century however, lotteries got embroiled in scandals and mismanagement and were banned in many American states. Church-led organizations led the campaign to ban public lotteries along with the demand to ban alcohol and abolish slavery. Congress in fact upheld a law in 1892 to put a complete halt to all lotteries in the US by 1900. In 1905, The U.S. Supreme court prohibited all gambling and they were prohibited in most states by constitutional provisions for the next 60 years. No state was directly involved in the operation of a gambling enterprise.
The Re-emergence of Lottery in America
In 1930 Irish Sweepstakes were launched and met with great success in the American and Canadian markets because of the abolition of lotteries in these countries. It wasn’t until 1964 that lotteries began to re-emerge in the United States. The introduction of a state lottery in New Hampshire in 1964 established the model for modern public lotteries in the United States. 1973 was a landmark year for the lottery, as technological innovation enabled the introduction of the first secure instant lottery ticket. Gradually lottery became more accessible and increasingly popular. In 1989 South Dakota became the first American state to license and regulate video lottery games. By 1999, there were more than 100 foreign lotteries operating in the United States.
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