Currently, 45 states and Puerto Rico are running lotteries in the United States. The first state to offer a lottery was New Hampshire, which launched its first lottery in 1964. In the US, there are three types of lotteries: local games, multi-state games, and jackpots. The odds of winning are different in each type. For instance, Powerball has odds of 1 in 292,201,338. While MegaMillions has odds of 1 in 302,575,350. However, the biggest jackpots are found in the multi-state games.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is the governing body of most multi-state lotteries. MUSL members are responsible for the operation of their lotteries. Currently, MUSL has 33 states that are members. While some multi-state lotteries are limited to a few states, others are spread out across the entire United States.
The largest multi-state lottery in the US is the Powerball. The jackpot is huge, with an estimated value of over $1 billion. Powerball has an additional pool of numbers, so the odds are higher. The jackpot is split evenly between the winners. In addition, MegaMillions has common numbers, so the odds of winning are even better.
The Multi-State Lottery also features many local games, including Lotto America and Lotto XL. Players can buy tickets online or visit the lottery website to see the latest jackpots. However, only a few states have authorized online lottery ticket sales. Some states have legal online lottery courier services. These courier services can be used to order official tickets. These services will withhold 24% of the ticket price as a tax. If you win a prize of at least $600, the online lotto site will also withhold a federal tax.
In addition to local games, some states also offer instant win scratch cards. These games are available online, and many have user-friendly interfaces. They allow players to select and purchase lottery tickets in minutes. They also provide users with the ability to compare jackpots and odds. The top lottery sites work on both iOS and Android devices.
The oldest lottery in the US is the Connecticut Lottery. It has been running for over a century. In fiscal year 2020, the Connecticut Lottery contributed $348 million to the state general fund. The funds go to support the state’s health, education, and environmental programs.
The Delaware Lottery started in 1974. The profits go to the state’s general fund and public employee pension systems. It also donates a percentage of its revenues to state parks and natural resources. The lottery also helps fund problem gambling treatment.
The New Mexico Lottery features a variety of draw games, including the popular “Super Ticket.” In addition to the draw games, the state offers many instant win games. It is also the smallest state in the country to offer an online lottery.
The New Jersey Lottery is the second largest lottery in the US. It features seven draw games. In addition, it offers Mega Millions and Powerball. The top prize in the Powerball jackpot is estimated at $1.5 billion.