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The first known European lotteries were organized by the Roman Empire. They were distributed during Saturnalian revels. Some of the money was used for repair of the City of Rome. Other proceeds were spent on the public sector.
During the 17th century, lotteries were widely practiced in the Netherlands. They were also used in England and in the United States. Private lotteries were also common. The proceeds from these lotteries were used to sell products. They were also used to collect funds for the poor in the Netherlands.
The earliest recorded European lotteries were distributed by wealthy noblemen during Saturnalian revels. In the Middle Dutch language, “lot” meant “fate.”
The earliest modern European lotteries appeared in the 15th century in Flanders, Burgundy, and Modena. Towns in these areas held public lotteries to raise money for fortifications, defenses, and other needs.
Several cities in France permitted lotteries between 1520 and 1539. The Loterie Royale was authorized by an edict of Chateaurenard. The Loterie Nationale was later established.
Lotteries have also been used in the District of Columbia. The NBA and National Basketball Association hold lottery drawings to determine draft picks.