The US lottery is one of the oldest forms of gambling in the world, and the history of the US lotto dates back to the early 1700s. Newspaper advertisements from colonial times reveal that hundreds of lotteries were in operation as far back as the eighteenth century. New Hampshire was the first state in the country to offer a lottery, and Puerto Rico followed in 1934. Today, 44 states and the District of Columbia offer lottery games, while the Virgin Islands are set to begin operating a lottery in 2021.
While online lottery sales are growing in popularity, most states have gone through the legislative process to legalize them. This process is usually straightforward: state legislatures will add language allowing the sale of lottery tickets over the Internet. In most cases, this formal language is added so that future administrations won’t challenge the legality of online lottery games. However, some states, including Rhode Island and Washington D.C., have gotten around the legislative process entirely by deciding that existing laws allowed for the sale of lottery tickets online, which they did.
Some lottery sites even offer subscriptions so that you can automatically purchase tickets and check for winners. The subscription will automatically check your tickets for winning numbers and send you a check for your winnings if you win less than $600. Many of these subscriptions also allow you to choose your own numbers. These subscriptions are a great way to win big money without the hassle of buying lottery tickets every week or month. If you do happen to win, however, you will know that you won right away and won’t be left wondering how to spend your money if you have a big lottery winning.