History of the Lottery
The lottery has a long and storied history. The first lotteries were held in 1776 in various colonies. Benjamin Franklin sponsored an unsuccessful lottery to raise money to defend Philadelphia against the British. A few years later, Thomas Jefferson gained the permission of the Virginia legislature to hold his own private lottery. Since his death, his heirs continue to operate the lottery. Throughout its history, the lottery has faced controversy and criticism, but it continues to grow.
A regressive tax increases as income falls. While all people pay the same amount for lottery tickets, these tickets do not discriminate against income. That’s why they are considered implicit taxes because the state receives the money from the ticket sales. However, the simplest approach ignores many important variables, such as the frequency of lottery play, the type of game played, and the amount of money generated by lottery for each income group. The lottery is a controversial topic.
The first recorded lottery slips date back to the Han Dynasty, when the government was establishing a centralized lotteries system. These lottery slips are believed to have helped finance a variety of public projects. According to the Chinese Book of Songs, this game of chance is referred to as a “drawing of wood” or a “drawing of lots”. This approach does not account for other variables, such as the number of tickets sold per person, the type of game, or the income group in question.