The lottery was first recorded in the 17th century when Benjamin Franklin organized a lottery in Philadelphia to raise money for cannons. Other lotteries offered prizes such as “Pieces of Eight.” George Washington’s 1768 lottery was unsuccessful, but he did sign a few tickets. These tickets, which he sold for as much as $15,000 in 2007, have become collectors’ items. Washington also managed Col. Bernard Moore’s 1769 “Slave Lottery” and advertised slaves and land as prizes.
The Maryland Lottery is the state’s third largest source of revenue, behind only sales taxes, corporate taxes, and income tax. In 2013, 61.9% of revenue from the lottery went to the winners, 7.5% to retailer commissions, and 3.5% to operational costs. Twenty-seven percent of Lottery revenue went directly to the General Fund of the State Treasury, which supports public safety, education, and health. As of 2018, this revenue was worth $440 million in Maryland.
The New Hampshire lottery operates its own website, NeoPollard Interactive. These websites have several online games including Mega Millions and Powerball. Powerball ticket purchases are possible on the New Hampshire lottery’s website and through mobile applications. Mobile lottery players can customize their numbers and choose quick or custom options. The Mega Millions and Powerball games also offer customized numbers for purchase. These games are similar to the real scratch-off games. They’re also compatible with smartphones and tablets.