National lotteries are popular pastimes around the world. In most countries that offer a national lottery, the national lottery is endorsed and run by the government. Governments use national lottery revenues in order to fund civic projects and to improve the state of their respective countries.
You can find national lottery drawings in countries all over the globe. However, the lotto is especially popular in western countries such as the US and Canada, the UK and most other major countries in Europe, as well as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Euro-Millions, one of the most popular pan-European lotteries that started in Spain, the UK and France, holds a drawing every Friday night in Paris and has given away hundreds of millions in prizes.
In the United States, the national lottery is split into jurisdictions. One of the biggest US lotteries is the Powerball Lotto, which is participated in by 32 states. Hot Lotto and Mega Millions are also popular US lotteries.
The Canadian national lottery is run by a consortium of the five regional Canadian lotteries, which are the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Quebec Lotto, Ontario Lotto, Western Canada Lotto and British Columbia Lotto.
Depending on which country you are playing the national lottery in, you may have to go to different places to buy your tickets. In the US, for instance, you can purchase lottery tickets at supermarkets and convenience stores. Some countries have national lotto stands and stores set up, while some countries even sell online lotto tickets.