The dictionary definition for lotto is; a govern run game where players choose numbers that are matched against an official draw, if all numbers are matched the matching numbers will pay out a large cash prize. The game of lotto is very much like the game of bingo where numbers are called out and the players have to match the corresponding numbers on their cards, the first player to match corresponding numbers and complete a full row then shouts bingo and wins a sum of money.
The first known game of lotto was recorded in about 205 and 187 B.C. , the origin of lotto was known to have been started in china which back then was known as the Han dynasty. The game of keno which Is still played today in modern casino’s all over the world is very similar to the game of lotto we know and play today. During the Han dynasty this game was primarily played to raise money for government projects including one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Wall Of China, how the true this is one cannot not really say as this is only speculation on the historian’s part. However there are records showing the existence of the game in that period.
The first known national lotto was believed to have been played in Denmark and was started as way to help the poor, but like many things in the world that start out with good intentions developed into a game and sort of entertainment that nobles would hold in restaurants and bistro’s in the Roman Empire, the records however show that there were later sales of lotto tickets in Rome to collect funs for the Roman Empire.
The first official lotto was declared in 1566 by Queen Elizabeth the first although it was not played until 1569, but in 1826 the parliament declared the end of lotto in England. So despite the misgivings of many people about the lotto it has got a very rich history behind it and has been played for many years previously.