The lottery can basically be described as a game where a contestant buys a ticket and is confirmed to be a winner or not based on a draw that takes place on a predetermined time. It can either be simple or more complex. In terms of it being simple, 30 numbered tickets can be sold; a draw will then be done with the number 16 drawn for example. The contestant who bought the ticket bearing number 16 will then be adjudged the winner. In terms of it being complex, millions of tickets can be put up for sale, a draw will then take place where a series of numbers are drawn. The contestant who has the correct combination of drawn numbers will be named the winner in this case.
While the lottery in South Africa was only initiated in 1995 when the South African government launched the first steps of the of what has been a great run of the national lottery. The lottery has its roots back in ancient China between 205 and 187 B.C. and from the Celtic era where contestants were known to draw wood or, in other words, draw lots in a lottery. Greek mythology also has records if fighters drawing lots to see who will battle who.
In Europe, the first lottery took place in 1466 in the Netherlands where a widow of a famous painter promoted the lottery with some of her husband’s paintings and belongings as prizes. In 1530, France went about setting up the first government lottery. Lotteries were well liked in France but all private lotteries were abolished in 1776. This too was the case for public lotteries in 1836 but these were resumed in 1844 with the promise that money will be raised for charity. Italy is credited with holding the first lottery to give away cash prizes. It was held in Florence in 1539 and this idea spread across Italy like a wild fire. In fact, it spread across the world. Today a large number of countries have some type of lottery or the other.