Lottery History in Europe


European lotteries are similar in their history but differ from their Italian cousins. The French lottery was introduced in the 1500s by Francis I and enjoyed a general appeal until the 17th century, when Louis XIV won the top prizes and gave them to the people for redistribution. France eventually abolished its lottery and the Loterie Nationale was reestablished in 1933. World War II also saw the reopening of the French lottery.

The Louisiana Lottery was the last state lottery in the U.S. until 1963

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation was founded in 1991. The lottery was not popular at first. Supporters argued that it would generate enough revenue to rebuild the state’s finances. It operated as a corporation and required that the lottery company deposit $40,000 into the state treasury each year. The lottery was tax-exempt, and Washington, DC residents bought the second-most lottery tickets in the U.S. behind New Orleans.

The Irish National Lottery

In addition to traditional retail, The Irish National Lottery is also available online. While the grocery market is relatively small in Ireland (only 3% of total sales are made online), this channel offers an attractive opportunity for reaching a variety of demographics. Like most Lotteries, Ireland also faces some common challenges: an aging population, changing consumer preferences, and a limited number of available players. However, one sector of the retail market is ripe for expansion: the discount grocery sector.

The Italian National Lottery

The Italian National Lottery is widely popular in Italy, with draws taking place three times each week. The SuperEnalotto draws are held in Rome on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 20:00 local time. Results are posted shortly after each draw. This schedule does not change except for public holidays, and additional draws may be held during the following week. If you would like to find out more about the schedule, visit theLotter website.

The English State Lottery

The English State Lottery first began in 1694. There were many locations where numbers were drawn and sold. The tickets were meant for the upper class, with many winnings granted immunity from minor convictions. The English State Lottery was the first national lottery and ran until 1826. A collection of lottery tickets from this time period is available in the Guildhall Library. In the early days, lottery tickets were expensive and only wealthy people could afford them. Today, lottery tickets are available for purchase at any major museum or library.

The Spanish Lottery

Thousands of people in Spain watch The Spanish Lottery every week. People from Barcelona, Madrid and Seville all come to the city to buy tickets. In order to be eligible to win, you must have a valid ticket. You can buy a ticket from a kiosk at ONCE. You can even visit the San Illdefonso School to purchase tickets. In mid-July, tickets will be available for sale.

The Dutch Staatsloterij

One of the oldest running lotteries in the world is the Netherlands’ state-owned Staatsloterij. The lottery first began in the Low Countries in 1445 as a method of taxation and was widely hailed for its efficiency. It is still held today, and the winner is drawn on the tenth of every month. Though there are other countries that hold lotteries, the Netherlands’ is unique in its history, as it has been drawing winners for more than five centuries.