What is an Official Lottery?

An official lottery is one that is sanctioned by a government body or duly authorized representative and operates in accordance with specific rules and regulations. These rules ensure the fairness of the lottery for the players. For example, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation is the official lottery for the state of Connecticut. Players can purchase their tickets online or at a retail store. Tickets purchased online are scanned into your account automatically.

The first official lotteries with money prizes began to be held in the Low Countries during the 15th century. Public lotteries were organized in various towns to raise money for a variety of public projects, such as building fortifications. These lotteries also became popular as a tax alternative. Some states considered these lotteries their civic duty and founded universities and churches with the money they raised. In addition, in the early 17th century, the State of Massachusetts started holding lottery games to raise money for its military expedition against Canada.

Official lottery sites are authorized in most states and are legal for residents to play. Offshore lottery providers may offer tickets online, but the lottery websites aren’t licensed or regulated in the U.S. Therefore, it’s best to stick with official lottery sites and choose a reputable lottery courier.