NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY
If you’re feeling extra lucky on July 17th, it might be because it’s National Lottery Day! Celebrate the way lotteries contribute to local and state programs.
Historically, lotteries date back to the 15th century. While early lotteries funded village needs, they also were vital to strengthening defenses. Money raised would also feed and clothe the poor. 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 would grant one grand prize winner opportunity to own the tax farm and quality control of the wine. Amazingly, a lucky winner controlled the collection of wine taxes and maintained the quality of the wines. Understandably, merchants gained a lucrative position if they won this lottery.
In the United States, early lotteries paid for cannons during the American Revolution. They also raised money to pave roads up and down the East Coast. Today, lotteries are state-owned and operated. The funds they gather support government programs and the communities the lotteries serve.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The day encourages local and state lotteries to offer special promotions on July 17th. Celebrate the special contributions provided by lotteries each of their regions. Watch for special promotions in the lottery nearest you. Use #NationalLotteryDay to share on social media.
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 1972, the Massachusetts State Lottery has been an essential source of unrestricted local aid in the Commonwealth.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Lottery Day to be observed on July 17th annually.
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