Official Lottery brings the fun of state-sponsored lottery games to your mobile device. Enjoy your favorite daily lottery games or go for a jackpot prize like Powerball and Mega Millions. Play responsibly. Don’t play while crossing streets, operating motor vehicles or using chain saws.
Lotteries in colonial America were a popular means of raising money to fund public projects. Benjamin Franklin organized a lottery to purchase cannons for the defense of Philadelphia, and George Washington’s Mountain Road lottery offered land and slaves as prizes. After the Revolutionary War, states began to institute lotteries to raise money for a variety of projects.
The modern state-run lottery first appeared in 1964, when New Hampshire passed a constitutional amendment to establish a lottery. In the years that followed, lotteries quickly grew in popularity across the nation. State officials promoted them as a budgetary miracle that allowed governments to increase spending without enraging the anti-tax citizenry. In the late twentieth century, as the tax revolt of the 1970s waned and federal funds to state coffers decreased, lottery games were viewed as a budgetary lifeline, writes Cohen.
In addition to the exciting games and jackpots, players can also earn rewards for purchasing tickets and participating in activities like lotto drawings. The Pennsylvania Lottery’s official app offers fun, convenience and information to players on the go. Download the app today by entering your phone number or texting APP to 66835 (msg & data rates may apply). Use the app to track results, find retailers, enter Second-Chance Drawings and more!