|Posted: April 6, 2010, 9:48 pm - IP Logged|
In some cases probably Sunday "blue laws" (so called because they were on blue paper, or so the story goes.)
In Philadelphia the secind game of a twilight doubleheader can't start after a certain time, things like that.
Probably states tht are in the "Bible Belt" (and swore they'd never have a lottery) are the ones with no Sunday drawings, but usually that only lasts for so long.
The uual progression is no sunday drawings, then no Sunday Mid-Days, then Sunday Mid-Day, Evening, and Pick 5. For Illinoois, anyway, that's what happened. The Sunday MidDay was added no too long ago.
I agree with your progression. This is usually what happens. There have been a few cases though where a state started midday drawings before they ever started Sunday drawings - this happened in Virginia (1995-2006), Michigan (1996-2002), and Ohio (1999-2007). Texas started day drawings in 2002 but still does not do Sunday drawings.
Most of the states in the South have actually had Sunday drawings since Day 1. Most of the states in the South now have midday drawings now, but do not have midday drawings on Sundays. North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and possibly Kentucky all fit into this pattern. I do not know what Kentucky's schedule was when they started Pick-3 drawings in 1989. Georgia started day drawings in 1998 but did not add day drawings until 2009. I think this had something to do with Florida starting day drawings the year before. I think it's now going to be a matter of time - possibly a long time - before Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky add Sunday day drawings - probably starting with Tennessee or one of the Carolinas.
The Mid-Atlantic states were the first to add Sunday drawings: New York started them in 1981 (the earliest Sunday drawings in the U.S.). Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland all introduced Sunday drawings in 1989. Illinois started them in 1983, and Florida had them since their first drawings in 1988.
No one did Sunday day drawings until February 2000, when D.C. started them. They didn't really start up until New Jersey and New York started doing day drawings in late 2001.
Most of the states that don't do Sunday drawings are in the Southwest: Texas (not strictly Southwest, but does seem to fall into that area to some degree), New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado (until very recently) do not have Sunday drawings. West Virginia has held on to its 6-drawing-a-week schedule since the game started in 1987.
Personally, I like the system where they do midday drawings Monday-Saturday and evening drawings every day. It just makes the most sense to me. It also makes it more special if your birthday happens to hit on a Sunday. In my system, there would also be only a night drawing on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Good Friday, and July 4th.
Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.
In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!