The Official Lottery

The official lottery is a government-run gambling game whose profits are used to fund public services. The games can be played on the internet and through a mobile app. The app allows you to track results, purchase tickets, and get other information about the games. It also helps you find physical retailers.

The history of state-sponsored lotteries stretches back to the fourteenth century, when the practice was common in the Low Countries and often used for town fortifications and charity. It eventually found its way to England, where Queen Elizabeth I chartered the nation’s first lottery in 1567, setting aside a portion of the ticket price for “reparation of the Havens and Strength of the Realme.”

In the nineteen-sixties, when a growing population, rising inflation, and the cost of the Vietnam War were making state budgets increasingly difficult, the lottery seemed like a magic bullet that would let governments float their debt without imposing taxes or cutting essential services. As Cohen writes, legislators believed that “lottery games could create wealth that never existed before and thereby free states from the necessity of ever raising taxes.”

Lottery advocates marketed the idea that the proceeds from state-sponsored games were so lucrative that people were bound to play anyway. Opponents, however, questioned both the ethics of funding public services through gambling and the amount of money that the state really stood to gain. These critics hailed from all walks of life and political affiliation, but they were especially vociferous among devout Protestants, who viewed government-sanctioned lotteries as morally unconscionable.

As the debate over state-sponsored lotteries grew more acrimonious, supporters began to alter their strategy. Instead of claiming that the money raised by the games would float most of a state’s budget, they now argued that it would cover a single line item, invariably a popular and nonpartisan one such as education, elder care, or public parks. This new approach made it much easier to campaign for the measure, since voters could point to specific benefits of the lottery while dismissing broader concerns.

New York’s state-run lottery, which was launched in 1967, is known for its first and foremost slogan: “Your Chance of a Lifetime to Help Education.” The lottery has raised more than $68 billion in its history, and all of the revenue from its operations are used to support education.

The New York Lottery’s mobile application allows you to check the winning numbers and jackpot prizes, purchase tickets online, and more. It is available for download on both Apple and Android devices, and it is easy to use. To ensure the safety of your personal information, the app uses 256-bit SSL encryption. The New York Lottery encourages responsible play and discourages underage gambling. If you have a problem, please contact GamblerND or call 2-1-1. 2019 New York Lottery, LLC. All Rights Reserved.