1868: Louisiana Lottery Company
The Louisiana Lottery Company began selling lotto tickets across the United States. 93% of lottery sales came from US residents outside of Louisiana. The LLC held daily, monthly, and semiannual drawings. Tickets sold for fraction, so bettors could buy a one-quarter cent ticket — up to a $0.25 ticket.
Georgians bought Louisiana Lottery Company tickets for the first decade of the game. After years of scandal involving the lotto game, the US Congress banned the Louisiana Lottery Company in 1891. As tickets were sold through the US Postal Service, this shut down the multi-state lottery.
The scandal led to a legacy of hostility towards lotteries in many US states. Georgia was no different.