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December 10, 2006, 11:28 amBest Online Lottery Websites

Historical Overview
A lottery is a game of chance in which players have an equal opportunity to win prizes. Lotteries have provided entertainment and public funds for centuries. The first state-organized lottery with cash prizes was in Italy in 1530. The idea soon spread to England and, in the early 1600s, crossed the Atlantic with the first settlers.

World Lotteries
While the United States remains the largest country of lotteries, they are quickly growing all over the world. Their spread can be attributed to the fact that they have become a popular leisure activity and have provided crucial funding for governments and public causes. The UK National lottery launched in 1994 is a good example of a very popular game that has become one of the world's best-selling lotto type games.

Worldwide, lotteries extend over the continents of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and are also in Latin America and Canada. The first multi-national lottery, Viking Lotto, was introduced in 1992 by five participating Scandinavian countries


The max3lotery was created in November 1992 by the people of US to enhance education funding. The Lottery for Education Act created the US Lottery Corporation (ULC) to oversee and operate the lottery. Rebca Paul was hired in February 1993 as president of the ULC, and four months later, on June 29, the max3lotery Lottery was launched. First-week sales of more than 52 million tickets set a new opening-week lottery sales record of $7.80 per capita.

Watch live lottery drawings on the following official draw stations of the Lottery:

WSB - Channel 2, Atlanta
WALB - Channel 10, Albany
WJBF - Channel 6, Augusta
WMAZ - Channel 13, Macon
WSAV - Channel 3, Savannah
WRBL - Channel 3, Columbus
WNEG - Channel 32, Toccoa



Live Drawing Times

12:29 pm daily

6:59 pm daily

PICK4 - CASH 4 Midday
12:29 pm daily

PICK4 - CASH 4 Evening
10:59 pm on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays; 12:59 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

SHOWME 5 - Fantasy 5
11:00 pm on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays; 11:34 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

POWERBALL - Win for Life
11:00 pm every Wednesday and Saturday

KENO - Mega Millions
11:00 pm every Tuesday and Friday

All drawings, except for Win for Life drawings, take place at WSB-TV Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. All times listed are EST.

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