NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY | JULY 17
If you feel extra lucky on July 17th, it might be because it’s National Lottery Day! Celebrate the way lotteries contribute to local and state programs.
Lotteries date back to the 15th century. While early lotteries funded village needs by feeding and clothing the poor, they also strengthened defenses. According to Random Riches author, Manfred Zollinger, one of the oldest lotteries dates back to 1441 in Bruges, Belgium.
In early lotteries, merchants paid for the chance to win money prizes. Often, the grand prizes included the tax farm on the wijnscrooderschap (wine transporters). These early Renaissance lotteries granted one grand prize winner the opportunity to own the tax farm. Their winnings also included quality control of the wine. There’s no question, merchants gained a lucrative position if they won this lottery.
In the United States, early lotteries paid for cannons during the American Revolution. Lottery money also paved roads up and down the East Coast. Today, states own and operate the lotteries. The funds they gather support government programs and the communities they serve.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY
The day encourages local and state lotteries to offer special promotions on July 17th. Celebrate the contributions provided by lotteries in each of their regions. Watch for promotions in the lottery nearest you. Use #NationalLotteryDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY HISTORY
Massachusetts State Lottery founded National Lottery Day in 2018 to provide consumers with a day of special promotions for lottery products. Since selling their first ticket in 1972, the Massachusetts State Lottery has been an essential source of unrestricted local aid in the Commonwealth.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on July 17th annually.