During the 18th century, various colonial governments used lotteries to raise funds for a variety of public projects. These ranged from funding for roads, parks, schools, and libraries to college scholarships.
Lotteries were also used to raise keluaran sidney money for the settlement of America at Jamestown. The Virginia Company of London provided funds for the settlement. They also supported the founding of the University of Pennsylvania in 1755.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, lotteries were held in several cities and towns in the Low Countries to raise money for public projects. They were also held to raise funds for poor citizens.