New York Official Lottery

Official lottery is a type of gambling in which winnings are determined by the drawing of numbers. The prizes may be cash or goods, or a fixed percentage of the total receipts of a lot. The New York Lottery is one of the largest state lotteries in North America and generates over $3 billion a year for education in New York City. This game began in 1967, and since then it has become a popular way to support public schools throughout the state.

The lottery’s rise came as states frantically cast about for ways to maintain existing services without enraging an increasingly anti-tax electorate. In the case of the early American lotteries, Cohen writes, “the promise was that a state could make money appear out of thin air, without having to face the politically unpopular issue of raising taxes.”

Many lotteries use a prize pool that is set as a fixed percentage of the total gross receipts. This format allows for a large number of winners, but it can also mean that the winner’s share is not as large as it might be in a different type of lottery.

All games are played at licensed retail locations and must be purchased with a bearer instrument. New York State Gaming Commission rules, regulations and directives apply to all games. Play responsibly. Never play while crossing streets, operating motor vehicles or using chain saws. See official rules for details. Msg & data rates may apply.