The Different Types of Lottery


There are several types of lottery, and about seventeen percent of the U.S. population plays the lottery at least once a week. The rest play less frequently, from one to three times a month. In South Carolina, lottery players are most often middle-aged, high-school-educated men. These players are a good match for lottery ads, since they are more likely to have more money to spend on the game than those from lower-income families.

Description of game

In the early Chinese history, the game of chance was first mentioned in 205 BC and was believed to have helped finance large government projects. The Chinese Book of Songs also mentions the game of chance as “drawing wood” or “drawing lots.”


The modern lottery was first introduced to Western civilization around the middle of the 16th century and was derived from the Dutch word ‘loterij’. While the word lottery is derived from Dutch, it actually predates the first recorded lotteries. Lotteries have been around for at least 2000 years. There are even Chinese keno slips from the Han Dynasty dating back to 205-187 BC. Early lotteries were used to fund wars, and during the Roman Empire the practice of casting lots was a social activity. Today, the lottery is used for charity raffles.


Different types of lottery exist. The modern era of lotteries was presumably initiated in 1964 when the New Hampshire lottery was introduced. While lotteries have failed to generate commensurately large amounts of revenue, they have served as a politically viable alternative source of revenue. In addition to their ability to provide much-needed government revenue, lotteries are also often perceived as a “win-win” situation. However, the debate surrounding these types of lotteries continues.

Addiction potential

Lottery gambling is a form of gambling that has little known addiction potential, but there are still a few cases of people exhibiting excessive consumer behavior. This behavior is most likely the result of an underlying strong need for sensation and fantasy. The dream of winning the lottery seems to satisfy this need. However, research has shown that this type of gambling isn’t as addictive as some people think. The following are some possible reasons why people are attracted to playing the lottery.

Impact on state budgets

Opponents of the lottery may point to the relationship between earmarking and lottery sales as reasons to oppose the program. In fact, lottery revenue could supplement or replace education funding, freeing general fund money for other purposes. But critics say there is little evidence that lottery funding has increased overall funding. This could mean that lottery funding increases governmental discretionary spending, not education. But the arguments against earmarking aren’t as sound as they might seem.