The History of the Lottery


Lotteries can have a large impact on the lives of individuals and communities. From the early days in colonial America, lotteries helped pay for roads, bridges, libraries, and college tuition. In the 1740s, Princeton and Columbia universities used lotteries to raise money, and the University of Pennsylvania began its lottery in 1755. During the French and Indian War, several colonies turned to lotteries for funds. In 1758, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts used a lottery to fund an expedition against Canada.