1569 – First recorded lottery in England
Although the English probably experimented with raffles and similar games of chance Before, the first recorded official lottery was chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, in the year 1566, and was drawn in 1569.
This lottery was designed to raise money for the “reparation of the havens and strength of the Realme, and towards such other publique good workes”.
Each ticket holder won a prize, and the total value of the prizes equalled the money raised.
Prizes were in the form of silver plate and other valuable commodities.
The lottery was promoted by scrolls posted throughout the country showing sketches of the prizes.
Extra Note: The first recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 BC.
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