In the Low Countries, the first recorded lotteries offered money prizes on tickets. Whether for town fortifications or to help the poor, public lotteries were common. In fact, records from 1445 indicate that they may be even older. In one record from L’Ecluse, a town in France, a public lottery was held to raise funds for walls and fortifications. The winning ticket would have earned the owner of the ticket 4300 florins, which is about US$170,000 today.
Some state governments have implemented online lottery sales to generate more revenue. Online lottery websites allow lottery players to purchase tickets for multiple drawings per day, although the prices vary depending on how many drawings there are. Some states have made online lottery subscriptions available, but legislation in this area moves slowly. However, even if online lottery sales are legal, some anti-gambling groups oppose the expansion of lottery sales. Online subscriptions require a prepaid lottery card or can be purchased for weeks, months or even years in advance.
The online version of North Dakota’s lottery website allows users to purchase tickets using a mobile device. The website also offers a Pick & Click option to purchase tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America, Lucky for Life, 2by2, and a few other games. The lottery provider uses geolocation software to ensure the identity of its users and keeps track of prize winners. Some websites even offer pre-paid lottery tickets that allow players to purchase multiple tickets at one time.