The Official Lottery

The official lottery is a form of gambling where people purchase chances to win a prize that can be either cash or goods. Prizes can also be a fixed percentage of receipts (a risky strategy for the organizer) or a random selection of winners from tickets sold (a safer approach). The winner(s) is chosen by drawing lots. The term “lottery” is derived from the Dutch word lot, which itself is probably a calque of Middle French loterie, meaning “action of drawing lots.” The first state-run lotteries were held in Europe during the 15th century and early 16th centuries to raise money for a variety of purposes, including building town walls and fortifications and aiding the poor.

The DV Lottery is congressionally mandated and allows up to 55,000 persons from nations that are historically underrepresented in immigration to the United States of America to qualify each year for immigrant visas, or Green Cards. The DV Lottery is administered by the Department of Homeland Security through a random drawing from among those who apply.

Play online instant games and Scratchers, check jackpot amounts, view winning numbers and more – all from the official app. Remember to play responsibly and only spend what you can afford. If you have a problem, contact 2-1-1 or GamblerND in North Dakota or Gamblers Anonymous. All tickets are bearer instruments and all sales receipts and playcards must be redeemed in the state/jurisdiction in which they were purchased.