The first known records of lotteries date from the Han Dynasty in Ancient China. The first lottery tickets were recorded around 205 BC. They helped finance important government projects, such as the Great Wall of China. In the Roman Empire, the first lotteries were organized as entertainment during dinner parties. Emperor Augustus even organized a lottery to fund repairs in the City of Rome. Its first commercial games are also mentioned in the Book of Songs.
The official lottery websites are not any different than land-based distribution points. They have the same ticket prices, and you’re participating in the same game as everyone else. However, there is no set process for purchasing tickets on an official lottery website. Each one does things a little differently. Generally, the odds of winning $2 in Mega Millions are 1 in 37. And, if you’re lucky enough to win a prize of any amount, the odds are 1 in 24.
The online lottery industry is growing rapidly. In fact, it is now available in all fifty states. Unlike in the past, there are no laws governing online lottery sales in every state. Online lotteries are increasingly popular, with Rhode Island and Washington D.C. launching their online games in 2012.