Currently, the United States has 45 states that operate lotteries. The state lotteries are the most popular form of gambling in the United States. They offer the opportunity to win huge jackpots and the chance to earn millions of dollars. Depending on the state, players can choose from a variety of draw games. The odds of winning vary from one state to another. In addition to lottery draws, players can also choose to play instant games and scratch cards.
In addition to state lotteries, the federal government operates a lottery in Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands. A group of six states have authorized online lottery ticket sales. The list below outlines what’s available in each state.
The first state to offer a lottery in the US was New Hampshire in 1964. After the constitutional amendment in 1974, Rhode Island also became a lottery state. In addition to the draw games, Rhode Island’s profits go to public school construction, public school renovations, public school transportation services, public school construction, and law enforcement.
North Carolina, Illinois, and Georgia are among the states that have legalized online lottery ticket sales. All of these states also have lottery draws. The North Carolina lottery has three in-house draw games and three multi-state games. In addition to drawing games, the state lottery offers two scratch-off games, two keno games, and a 2by2 game.
North Dakota is one of the least tax friendly lottery states. The state offers the Powerball and Mega Millions. In addition to these games, the lottery offers Lucky for Life, Lotto America, and a multi-state game. Although not yet fully legal, the state is considering expanding its online reach.
Idaho’s lottery began in 1989. In addition to its state lottery, Idaho is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association. The profits from the lottery are used for public education programs, open space conservation, problem gambling treatment, and state parks. In addition to drawing games, Idaho offers in-house games.
Oklahoma launched its lottery in 2005. The proceeds from ticket sales are used for school budgets, tourism, and school construction. The state’s jackpots range from $10,000 to $200,000. The odds for the Mega Ball lottery are one in 292,201,338, and the odds for the Mega Millions lottery are one in 303 million. Depending on the state, the odds for the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350.
The state lottery in Virginia is one of the few lottery states that offers a wide range of games. The Virginia Lottery provides players with games including multi-state games, draw games, and instant win games. In addition to state-based games, Virginia lottery players can also play online scratch-off games and online keno games.
Ohio is another state with a large lottery program. The Ohio Lottery offers a wide range of draw games, scratch-off games, and keno games. The Ohio Lottery has the second largest jackpot in the United States. The Ohio Lottery also features an in-house game called Cash4Life.