Did you know that there are over three billion tickets sold each year in the United States? Did you know that Colorado started playing the lottery in 1890? Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and Oregon were the next to introduce the lottery. Other states, such as Washington state, started playing the lottery in the 1890s. New Mexico and Texas joined the fray a decade later. But what was the lottery’s impact on the country? Read on to learn more.
State of the lottery in 2000
In the year 2000, California introduced a landmark ballot initiative, the “State of the Lottery Act.” The law requires the State to use its lottery revenue only for education purposes, and prohibits the use of Lottery funds for any other purpose. The initiative was also known as “Proposition 20” and directed half of the lottery’s growth to schools and community colleges. The state’s lottery revenues were the first to go toward education, with nearly 35 percent of all lottery purchases made in the state.
Number of tickets sold in 2000
The number of lottery tickets sold in 2000 reached a record high of $4.5 billion. This translates into $30.1 million in cash, or $53.7 million in prize money. The biggest lottery prize in history was won by one lucky person who purchased a ticket in North Bay Village, California. It expired on September 8, and was worth a record-breaking $53.7 million. The next year, the number of lottery tickets sold will likely reach another record high.