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First recorded lottery in England (1569)

First recorded lottery in England (1569)

England’s first ever National Lottery was issued in 1567 by Queen Elizabeth I. At this time, England was seeking to expand its export markets around the world. The lottery was intended to raise money for the enormous costs of building ships and developing ports. The prize was an amazing £5000 as well as freedom from arrest for all crimes other than murder, piracy or treason.

Activity Ideas:

  • Have your own lottery with a bingo game – here
  • Play a sensory lottery game with our activity – here
  • Discuss what you would buy if you want the lottery and why
  • And see if anyone has every won anything in a lottery, raffle or game