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What is Lottery?

Lottery is a kind of gambling organized by the governments of several countries as a means to raise revenue in addition to taxes. Lottery is still illegal in many countries. 

Lottery is usually offered in the form of number games at the agent locations. These locations maybe a store, supermarket, restaurant, coffee shop or any other place with public access. The player has to select a set of numbers to play from a bigger set of numbers. Once he selects the numbers, he needs to fill a card marking his selected numbers in it and the agent runs it through a machine to print the ticket. The player is also given a choice of letting the machine to pick random numbers for him/her. That machine is connected to the main computer of the national, state or provincial lottery administration via telephone line. The machine sends the ticket details to the main computer. When the game time is over. The machine stops accepting the bets for that drawing and the numbers are drawn at the lottery office. The winning numbers are entered into the main computer. The computer checks all the tickets against the winning numbers and makes a database of winnings.

A part of the money collected through the lottery games is used for administrative expenses and paying the prize amounts and the rest is used to finance the government projects like education, horticulture, health care etc.

Different countries and states have their own laws regarding the eligibility to play lottery. Since the lottery is a kind of gambling, so you need to be of legal age to play lottery. Some countries require the player to be 18 or older and some countries require 21 or older. Check with your local lottery administration before you play.

For more information about your local lottery, go to the Official Websites page, click on your country or state and find everything about it.