How to Play the Lottery Online


The US has a storied history with a variety of lottery games, beginning in the early 1700s when the colonial era was in full swing. Newspaper ads from the 18th century point to hundreds of lottery games. In 1934, Puerto Rico became the first state to introduce a lottery game, and New Hampshire followed suit in 1964. Today, there are 45 states and Washington DC operating lotteries, and the Virgin Islands will offer their own lottery game in 2021. The Delaware Lottery was first started in 1974 and has eight draw games to choose from. The proceeds of the lottery game go to the state general fund.

In the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, the Lottery is the third-largest source of revenue, after sales taxes, income taxes, and corporate taxes. In 2013, 61.9% of lottery revenue went to pay out prizes to winning players. Approximately 7.5% of this money went toward retailer commissions, while the rest was deposited into the General Fund of the State Treasury to support public health, safety, and education. The lottery also funds a number of other programs, including public-access television and online video.

To play the lottery, players must download the appropriate lottery app, navigate to the lottery website, or sign up for a free account with the app. In most cases, the lottery app or lottery website will provide a list of games for players to choose from. The list should be comprehensive and include many different games for players to choose from. The screen should have clear information about the price of a ticket, the eligibility requirements, the size of the jackpot, and when the next drawing will take place.