The earliest recorded lotteries were held in the Low Countries. Towns held public lotteries to raise money for poor people or for town fortifications. These lotteries are believed to have been around for centuries, but records suggest that they were much earlier. For example, a record from the 1445 year of L’Ecluse mentions a lottery of 4,304 tickets with prizes of a total value of 43,000 florins, which was approximately US$170,000 in today’s currency.
While there is no single origin of the lottery, it may have started as early as the fourth century BC. In ancient China, lottery games were played to fund the building of the Great Wall. The idea behind keno is simple enough – players draw and guess a number and check to see if it matches. If a number is matched, a prize is awarded proportional to the number of correct guesses. The rules of keno are similar to those of lotto games, so the first time you play, you’ll know exactly how much to expect.
Online purchases of lottery tickets are now possible in many states. Whether you’re looking to buy a lottery ticket for a single game or subscribe to a whole series of lottery games, you’ll find a wide variety of options online. You can purchase lottery tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, MegaJackpot, Daily Picks, or Keno. And if you’re a scratch-off fan, you may enjoy a variety of games on the Illinois Lottery website, including Mega Millions, Cash4Life, and Diggi Games.