Augustus Caesar – conducted the first known public lottery for a community cause, raising funds for repair work in the city of Rome.
1420—the French city of L’Ecluse used lottery to raise money to strengthen the town’s fortifications. Prizes were in the form of goods or commodities.
1466—Bruges, Belgium, raised money for the poor.
1520—Historians credit King Francis I of France with organizing the first state lottery, which quickly became an important source of raising royal revenue.
1530—La Lotto de Firenza became the first public lottery in Italy, soon followed by similar drawings in Genoa and Venice.
1560s—the English caught lottery fever when Queen Elizabeth I authorized a state lottery to restore the nations harbors facilities.
1694—the British Parliament began using a state lottery to float a 1-million-pound loan. Tickets were 10 pounds each and the prizes were in 16-year cash annuities.
1753—A lottery raised money to start the British Museum.
1755—The first case of the Lotto Mania was reported when eager ticket-buyers broke down the doors of English ticket offices on opening day.
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