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The earliest recorded European lottery dates from the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In the Netherlands, lotteries were used to raise funds for the poor. These lotteries were often conducted by wealthy noblemen during Saturnalian revels. Some lottery tickets were awarded as “Pieces of Eight”.
The first known French lottery was held in 1539. The Loterie Royale was authorized by an edict of Chateaurenard. It was a fiasco. The lottery was criticized as expensive and ineffective.
Some lotteries raised money for public projects, such as bridges, colleges, and town fortifications. Several colonies used lotteries during the French and Indian Wars. The University of Pennsylvania was financed by an Academy Lottery in 1755.
Several states started lotteries during the nineteenth century, including Indiana, Oregon, and Missouri. Lottery sales were especially strong in Louisiana. The Louisiana Lottery Company was granted permission to operate by the state legislature in 1868. The lottery brought in 90 percent of its revenue from out of state.
In addition to its financial benefit, the lottery was also seen as a way to raise money for schools, hospitals, colleges, and other public institutions. Some of the earliest lotteries in the United States were organized by Benjamin Franklin to finance cannons for the defense of Philadelphia.
The United States has forty state lotteries. During fiscal year 2006, the lottery generated $56.4 billion in sales, up from $52.6 billion in the previous year.