Lotto History & Draw Pattern Mathematics

Lottery History extends so far back in time, that scholars haven't even yet agreed on when or how they started.  If I'm guessing (I totally would be) forms of the game of Dice ,called knucklebones and senet, go back over 3,000 years BC and were played to cast for "Random" draws, would probably be how this kinda of game really originated. 

A lot of the Lottery history your about to read here, I copied straight from The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) website.  NASPL, along with the Multi-State Lottery Association and the World Lottery Association are the three orginazations that oversee all of the world lotteries, that are played in over 100 nations. 

When I get some free time I'm going to go through all of it and edit and add to this Lottery History in great detail.  I'll mostly add to the lower modern history section below and add information that relates to how Lotto Probability Draw Pattern Mathematics could have come to be discovered over time and how it's used today by lottery enthusiast like me to play the game of lotto.  This will take a great deal of research, so it will have to happened after I get more of the Tinkermen Lotto Report website finished.

If your interested to know a little about the history of the Tinkermen Lotto Report, I started doing research sometime in 1992 and in March of 2002, I made my own independent discovery of Lotto Probability Draw Pattern Mathematics, while looking through the past draws of the California Lottery.

Over the course of the next 17 years, leading up to when I started the Tinkermen Lotto Report website, I never reviewed or looked at anyone else's lottery research or analysis.  This mostly came to be after someone within the lottery industry, that felt that I had actually made a discovery in lotto, put me in touch with Gail Howard, who was internationally recognized for her research on Lotto. 

She told me at the time that reviewing each others research wasn't something we were supposed to be doing based on infringement rights and being a young lotto researcher at the time, I basically followed her directions and kept my eyes on my own research and analysis. At the time she bet me a $1 over the phone (She lived in Las Vegas) that what ever I had come up with, I probably couldn't get a 100 people or more a year to split lottery jackpots (On average only 10 to 15 winning tickets win jackpots a year) even though I was telling her I bet her I could.  

Gail passed away in 2012 and I never got to show her my research, but because I have been a Wikipedia editor and I know so much about lottery in general and the lottery industry, maybe someday I will write her life's biography for a Wikipedia article (When I get some free time <--- There's becoming a pattern there with me saying that).  At some point I probably need to read a couple of her books or find out what she knew about "wheeling numbers" or "Draw Pattern Mathematics" There's probably a lot of history she has on the subject, that I need to know about. Please feel free to email me if your reading this and you already know, what I need to know, so I can add it to this page at some point --> When I get some time...

I then waited 17 years before starting my own website and I started it on my own, I believe sometime in January of 2019 and I started putting together my prediction charts and trying to figure out how I could generate number combinations within particular draw patterns.  I had never attempted these kinds of things before, I just had an idea of what I wanted to do, then after my website was looking like a three year old had played with it, a family member offered to help me straighten it out and helped me get it to look like it does today.

I then had a friend offer to help me build the html lottery number combination generator with me (It still needs a name) that I was seeking to build and waala I have a website.  I spent the first 6 months allowing for my own prediction history to build up, to make sure that what I was doing was going to actually work, before I started adding pages to the website like this lottery history page your about to read over now. 

I have a bunch of content article pages on my website now and I'm constantly working on new pages like my newest one on "How more people can actually win the lottery" , but you can check out the sitemap I just recently created to see all of the different pages and links there are on my website now, it's really growing. This particular page has the least of my original content of personal thought that's coming from myself, because I wanted some basic lottery history on my website, until I can get some time to edit it properly.  You can read all of this below or download the pdf version here of Lottery History.

Lotteries in the Ancient and Medieval World


Scholars disagree on who started the ancient tradition of lotteries, but there are references in the Bible. In Chapter 26 in the Book of Numbers, Moses used a lottery to award land west of the River Jordan.


The LORD said to Moses, 53 “The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names. 54 To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one; each is to receive its inheritance according to the number of those listed. 55 Be sure that the land is distributed by lot. What each group inherits will be according to the names for its ancestral tribe. 56 Each inheritance is to be distributed by lot among the larger and smaller groups.”


c. 100-44 B. C.: Forms of lotteries date back to Caesar.


100 BC: The Hun Dynasty in China created keno. Funds raised by lotteries were used for defense, primarily to finance construction of the Great Wall of China.


1446: In one of the first recorded European lotteries, the widow of the Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck holds a raffle to dispose of his remaining paintings.


1465: Lotteries were held in Belgium to build chapels, almshouses, canals and port facilities.


1515: Six names were drawn for election to the Senate in Genoa, Italy; later the names were changed to numbers. The word "lottery" is believed to come from the Italian word "lotto", meaning destiny or fate.


1530: Florence, Italy held a "Number Lottery" with cash prizes.


1539: King Francis I of France authorized a lottery to replenish depleted funds in the treasury. Many of these funds had been flowing to foreign lotteries.


1567: Queen Elizabeth I establishes the first English state lottery. Prizes include cash, plate, and tapestry, with 400,000 tickets offered for sale.

1612: King James I of England, by royal decree, created a lottery in London. The proceeds were used to aid the first British colony in America — Jamestown, Virginia. Interestingly, Anglican churches held two of three winning tickets for the first draw.


1700s: Many of our Founding Fathers played and sponsored lotteries. Some examples:


•  Benjamin Franklin used lotteries to finance cannons for the Revolutionary War.

•  John Hancock operated a lottery to rebuild historic Faneuil Hall in Boston.

•  George Washington operated a lottery to finance construction of the Mountain Road, which opened westward expansion from Virginia.

•  Thomas Jefferson, $80,000 in debt at the end of his life, used a lottery to dispose of the bulk of his property.

1726: The Netherlands formed what is now the oldest lottery still in operation.


1753: A lottery is held in England for the establishment of the British Museum.


1759: At the urging of Casanova, Louis XV founded the Loterie Royale of the Military School (later on Saint-Cyr) in France. With the advent of this lottery, other lotteries were outlawed and the funds were to be used to reduce the State's debts. The King thus created a monopoly, which became the forerunner of the Loterie Nationale. The lottery was a keno-style game where players chose to bet on 1,2,3,4, or 5 numbers between 1 and 90.


1776: Lotteries were authorized to raise money for the Colonial Army.


1789: Lotteries were most active during the period following the adoption of the Constitution and prior to the establishment of effective means of local taxation and the wave of antilottery reform in the 1830s. Before 1790, America had only three incorporated banks. Therefore, lotteries were standard sources for public and private financing.

1790 to the Civil War: Fifty colleges, 300 schools and 200 churches were erected with lottery proceeds. Most notably, universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia were funded by lotteries.


1790 to 1860: Twenty-four of the 33 states financed civic improvements such as courthouses, jails, hospitals, orphanages, and libraries through lotteries.


1817: In Lower Canada (now Quebec), a law was enacted to formally ban all types of games. The law failed due to "a taste for gaming that existed in every class."


1820 through 1878: Corruption in privately operated lotteries becomes rampant. Many award fewer prizes than advertised or award no prizes at all. Governments find themselves unable to regulate these lotteries and as a result begin to consider prohibition.


1820s: New York passed the first constitutional prohibition of lotteries in the United States.


1856: The Act Concerning Lotteries expressly forbade all types of lotteries in Canada. This Act especially affected the French and Catholic clergy, who for close to a century had financed its good works with lottery proceeds.


1878: All states except Louisiana prohibit lotteries, either by statute or in their constitution.


1890: Congress bans all lottery materials from the mail.


1895: Congress bans all lottery materials from interstate commerce.

1905: The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the states' use of police powers to control gambling, effectively ending the Louisiana Lottery and other gambling in the U.S. No state was directly involved in the operation of a gambling enterprise, and lotteries were prohibited in most states by constitutional provisions for the next 60 years.

Lottery storefront photo taken on April 3rd 2014

in Newark, New Jersey USA by Paul Sableman

Modern Lotteries


1912: "Totalizator" was legalized, making racetracks the only legal betting place in Canada.


1917: The Queensland State Lottery of Australia was the first lottery to start operations in the 20th century.


1930: Irish Sweepstakes were launched with great success in the American and Canadian markets because of the abolition of lotteries in these countries.


1964: The New Hampshire Legislature created the state lottery, the first legal lottery in this century; it was labeled a "Sweepstakes" and tied to horse races to avoid the 70-year-old federal antilottery statutes.


Lou Smith (l) of Rockingham Park racetrack sells the first New Hampshire Sweepstakes ticket to Governor John W. King on March 12, 1964


1967: New York became the second state to attempt a lottery.


1969: Amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada legalized gambling and gave provinces the authority to operate lottery schemes and casinos and to license charitable or religious organizations to carry out specified lottery schemes.


1970: New Jersey started a state lottery. Tickets were 50 cents for a weekly drawing. Manitoba and Quebec began the first modern Canadian lotteries.


1971: Led by New Jersey, which in its first fiscal year sold close to

$73 million in tickets, lottery sales nationwide surpassed the $100 million mark for the first time.


1971: Automated Wagering implemented the world's first online system in New Jersey.


1973: The Olympic Lottery Corporation of Canada received its charter and began selling tickets to provide funding for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. The provinces of Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, as well as the Northwest Territories, participated in the Olympic Lottery.


1973: Fiscal year sales for all lotteries surpassed $500 million.

1973: Scientific Games developed the first secure instant ticket.

1974: Massachusetts offered the first scratch-off ticket.


The provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, plus the Yukon, formed the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

 76: The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation was created through an the Ontario Legislature, and shortly was federally incorporated with the western provinces.


Federal law was amended to allow lotteries to advertise on radio and TV.


New Jersey introduced a statewide, network of several hundred Clerk Activated Terminals (CATs) implemented by General Instrument Autotote).


The Delaware State Lottery began bets on National Football League

games (called the Delaware Sports

Scientific Games -- historic lottery memorabilia collection

Lottery). The NFL lost a legal battle to ban this type of wagering. The Sports Lottery was abandoned after 14 weeks.


1976: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island formed the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.


1976: Lottery sales surpassed $1 billion for the first time.


1978: Both New York and Massachusetts introduced off-line lotto, a European player selection game in which the player selects six numbers between 1 and 30.


1978: Quebec joined the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.


1979: The Atlantic provinces joined the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, thus creating a true nationwide lottery in Canada.


1985: Tri-State Lotto, the first multi-state lottery, linked the state lotteries of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.


1986: The Illinois Lottery introduced the first instant game with the concept of qualifying "entry" tickets for a grand prize drawing.

1986: North Dakota becomes the first state to vote against starting a state lottery.


1988: Keno was introduced by the New York Lottery.


1988: The Multi-State Lottery Association began with Oregon, Iowa, Kansas, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia as initial members.


1989: South Dakota became the first state in the U.S. to license and regulate video lottery games.


1989: The Oregon Lottery began accepting bets on NFL games, later adding other professional sports teams.


1991: The Virginia Lottery awarded the first instant ticket vending machine contract.


1996: The Big Game began with Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia as initial members.


1998: The Multi-State Lottery Association recorded a world-record lottery jackpot of $295.7 million for its Powerball game.


1999: Maria Grasso of Boston wins a lump sum prize of $104 million in The Big Game, the largest prize ever won by a single individual.


1999: Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia operate a lottery in the U.S., while lotteries are legal in all Canadian provinces and territories. More than 100 foreign lotteries exist and many have operated for centuries. Some countries, like Mexico, France and Japan, have national lotteries. The World Lottery Association lists 63 member nations — one on every continent except Antarctica.


2000: The largest lottery jackpot in history is shared by winners from Michigan and Illinois. Both winners of the May 9 Big Game drawing elect to receive cash payments of approximately $90 million as their share of the $363 million (annuity) jackpot.

On March 28th 2002, I independently discovered Lotto Probability Draw Pattern Mathematics on my own, using 6 colored highlighters while reviewing the past draws of the California Super Lottery.   It would take me 17 years of playing around with the Lottery as a hobby, before I decided in 2019 to create my very own website, because I believed I could help people win lottery jackpots.  More on this story to be continued...