The History of the Lottery
The first state to allow a lottery was South Carolina in 1845. That year, there were seven states that had lottery games. In the years that followed, the number of states that had lotteries doubled to forty. Today, there are more than sixty state lotteries. Most of them are run by the state government and have been around for decades. In the early twentieth century, lotteries were regulated and monopolies were the norm. By the 1930s, many states had legalized the practice.
Since the 1970s, a lottery has been popular in the northeast and has become a widely recognized tradition. In the Old Testament, Moses was ordered to create a census of the people of Israel, which he did. In the ancient Roman world, lotteries were used to finance wars and to raise public funds. Despite their legality, lotteries can be abused. In some cases, they are illegal, and it is not recommended to participate in them.
A recent case involved a woman who won a $1.3 million jackpot but never claimed it. She sought advice from lottery officials and filed for divorce before she received her first annuity check. She did not disclose the money as an asset during the divorce proceedings, but the ex-husband found out and won 100% of the amount. The court awarded her ex-husband her undisclosed assets, plus attorneys’ fees, even though she did not declare it as an asset.