Official Lottery Rules

A lottery is a form of gambling in which participants have the chance to win a prize for a random drawing. Modern lotteries include both commercial promotions in which property or money is awarded to randomly selected individuals, and state-sponsored games in which a portion of the profits are donated to public programs.

Lottery winners can claim their prizes by submitting an official claims form to the lottery operator. The lottery may also require the winner to provide proof of identification and address. Lottery officials may also withhold taxes and other monetary obligations from the winnings.

Although lotteries are a popular form of gambling, critics point out that they expose players to the risks of addiction and tend to disproportionately impact low-income and minority communities. Others question whether governments should be in the business of promoting vice, especially given that lotteries provide a minor share of government revenue. In the meantime, people who enjoy playing the lottery should be responsible and play within their means. If you are concerned about problem gambling, please contact 2-1-1 or Gamblers Anonymous in North Dakota.