The brief history of gambling

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Gambling is one of the oldest human activities. Even before there was such a thing as money, people would bet on things like whose spear would be the best at hunting or how many steps it would take for two mastodons to fight it out. Today, gambling is all about money—but it has also been used for centuries by governments and organizations to raise revenue and help citizens. Here’s a brief history of gambling from dice games to lotteries:

Dice games

Dice games have been around for a long time. The oldest known dice were found in the Valley of the Kings and are believed to have been made from cowrie shells. These dice date back to approximately 3300 BC!

Dice games were originally thought to be played with six-sided dice, but actually started out with four sides. There’s no real evidence as to why we went from four sides to six sides, but it probably had something to do with how many sides you needed for specific games.

Some people think that dice originated from ancient Egypt because they found many stone models of them in tombs there during excavations in 1922-1923 by Howard Carter.

The popularity of card games in Europe and Asia

The popularity of card games in Europe and Asia is legendary. People have been playing cards for more than a thousand years! Some experts say that card games developed out of an ancient Egyptian game called senet; other sources claim that they were invented in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). Either way, what we know for sure is that cards have been around forever—and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down.


Bingo is a game of chance played with cards and a bingo ball. The object of the game is to fill a predetermined arrangement of spaces on a card by randomly selecting numbers or letters. The first player to properly mark their card wins the round and receives prizes.

Bingo has its origins in the Italian lottery known as “Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia.” It was first played in Italy in 1530 and spread throughout Europe over the following centuries. In 1770, British colonists brought this game with them to America where it began to evolve into what we know today: Bingo!

Horse racing

Horse racing is an ancient sport, dating back to the Ancient Greeks. It was a popular sport in Rome and medieval Europe, although it began to fall out of favor during the 18th century. However, it regained popularity in Victorian England and has since become a popular pastime for both gamblers and spectators alike. Today horse racing remains one of the most popular sports in America as well as in many other parts of the world such as Australia and France!

Lotteries through history

While it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact origins of lotteries, we know that they have been around for centuries. Many European countries—including France and Spain—gave their people the opportunity to play in order to fund public works projects. In fact, France was the first country to sell lottery tickets publicly in 1710, and several other European countries followed suit shortly thereafter.

In America, lotteries were used not only to fund projects but also as a way to raise money for war efforts during American history. For example, Benjamin Franklin devised a lottery scheme during the American Revolution (1775–1783), which raised about $2 million for his side of the conflict; 100 years later during the Civil War (1861–1865), General Ulysses S Grant used lotteries again as an alternative source of income when his troops were suffering from lack of supplies due to enemy blockades around New Orleans; finally another 100 years later during World War II (1939-1945), President Roosevelt passed legislation allowing states and cities across America to conduct local raffles or “war bonds” as part of their patriotic duty.