The Official Lottery App

A lottery is a form of gambling where numbers or symbols are drawn for a prize. Some governments outlaw it, while others endorse it and organize state or national lotteries. The word “lottery” derives from the Dutch noun “lot” meaning fate or luck.

The prize money in a lottery can be a fixed amount of cash or goods, or it may be a percentage of the total receipts. Generally, the organizer will attempt to sell as many tickets as possible in order to maximize the chances of winning. The odds of winning vary with the type of lottery and the rules. For example, the odds of winning the jackpot in a national multi-state lottery are much lower than that of a smaller local lottery.

Lotteries became common in England and America early on, despite strong Protestant proscriptions against gambling. Some enslaved African Americans used the funds from local lotteries to buy their freedom, and the American Revolution was partially funded by the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s first authorized lottery in 1748. The founding fathers were also fans of the lottery: John Hancock ran a successful one to help build Boston’s Faneuil Hall, and George Washington organized one to finance a road over a mountain pass.

Today, lottery games are widely available and playable on almost any mobile device. The official lottery app lets you buy your tickets, scan your ticket to check results, create and save ePlayslips, and more. Play responsibly and always remember to Play Smart.