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Types of Australian Lotto
There are several types of Australian lotto that are played. The rules for each type of lotto game vary slightly, but the idea of most lotto games is to match a specific number of lotto numbers you have selected with the lotto numbers drawn for the game. The games usually take place weekly and most are televised live.
Most of the lotto games work on divisional prize pools, where the prize you win (division) is dependent on how many numbers you select match the numbers drawn for the game.
Some of the most popular lotto games are known by slightly different names in each state of Australia, but that doesn’t mean that you are playing a different lotto game. Some of the lotto game names are: Saturday Lotto, Monday Lotto, Wednesday Lotto, Oz Lotto, Powerball, 6 From 38 Pools, Super 66, Lotto Strike, Lucky Lotteries and Cash 3. In some states you may know these Australian Lotto games by more familiar names such as Gold Lotto and Tattslotto.
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Lotteries have been with us for years. They are mentioned in the Bible, and Caesar himself is known to have encouraged lottery games in Rome to help pay for repair work that needed to be done in the city. Legend has it that even the Great Wall of China was paid for by the proceeds of lottery games.
In medieval times, Europe was a hotbed of lottery activity. In 1420, residents of the French town of L’Ecluse decided to follow Caesar’s lead by using a public lottery to help raise money; this time to increase the town’s defenses. Charitable causes prompted officials in the Belgium city of Bruges to hold a lottery in 1466 to raise money for the poor and needy.
In the early 16th century, the Italians caught lottery fever when they introduced the idea of a ‘number’ lottery in Florence. Interestingly, the word ‘lottery’ is thought to originate from the Italian ‘lotto’, which simply means “fate”.
Royalty caught on to lottery’s moneymaking potential in 1520, when King Francis I of France held the first ever state lottery. The proceeds went to the Royal Court. Forty years later, in the 1560s, lottery fever crossed the English Channel when Queen Elizabeth I decided to hold her own state lottery to raise money to improve England’s ailing harbors. Her Majesty’s prizes included tapestry and money.
The lottery gained in popularity in England over the next two centuries. The British Museum in London, today one of the finest in the world, was actually started on the proceeds of a lottery in 1753.
Lotteries were particularly popular in the New World in the 18th century. Benjamin Franklin used one to pay for the cannons that helped win the American War of Independence, and they were also used to pay money to the army. The Mountain Road, one of the key routes into the west from Virginia, was paid for with a lottery organized by George Washington.
Individuals were fond of them too; Thomas Jefferson (the third U.S. President) sold most of his property through a lottery scheme. Many of America’s historic colleges and universities were initially set up with the proceeds of lotteries. Most notably, these include many of the universities in the prestigious Ivy League.