The Lottery and Corporate Social Responsibility


The lottery has its roots in colonial America. In the 1760s, George Washington ran the first American lottery to fund Mountain Road in Virginia. Benjamin Franklin, who favored the lottery’s use in the Revolutionary War, also supported its use to pay for cannons. John Hancock also ran a lottery to rebuild Faneuil Hall in Boston. However, most colonial lotteries were unsuccessful, as noted in a 1999 report by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.

Early American lotteries were simple raffles

There were several early American lotteries. In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin organized one to raise money to purchase cannons for the defense of the city. Many other lotteries offered prizes such as “Pieces of Eight.” George Washington organized the Mountain Road Lottery, which was unsuccessful, but tickets bearing his signature soon became collectors’ items. In 1769, Washington was the manager of Col. Bernard Moore’s “Slave Lottery,” which advertised a slave lottery with land and slaves as prizes.

European lotteries dominated

The EL represents both state-owned and private operators in the industry. Members pay taxes and adhere to legal obligations. They also contribute to state budgets and fund research and social projects. European lotteries are also available offline in 20 member states. These countries have a long-standing tradition of lottery success, and the EL’s members are committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate social responsibility. But how do they ensure these standards are met?

States that started lotteries in the late 1990s

The number of U.S. lotteries has grown tremendously in recent years. Most states operate their own lottery and do not allow commercial competition. As monopolies, these government-run lotteries use the profits from lottery tickets to support government programs. As of August 2004, forty U.S. states had operating lotteries. According to the study, 65% of respondents considered lotteries a good form of entertainment. Nearly three-quarters of respondents favored state lotteries. The percentage of respondents who favor state lotteries was highest among people under 35. As people aged, their favorability and approval of state lotteries decreased.

States that allocated their lottery profits to education

In the United States, many states have set aside part of their lottery profits for education. But these funds are not the sole source of education funding in many states. Local property taxes, state income taxes, and sales taxes all contribute to school funding, but these funds are not progressive. State lotteries compound these inequities. As a result, the lottery funds are often used to fund core education programs. In states such as Vermont, a portion of lottery revenues is allocated to public education.