The National Lottery is an institution which has become increasingly relevant in many countries over the last few years. The British National Lottery, for example, was started in 1994, and has become a part of British cultural identity since then. Since it is classed as gambling, it comes with an age limit (though this limit is sixteen in the United Kingdom, unlike gambling at casinos, for which the limit is eighteen). The National Lottery’s highest jackpot ever was over 161 million pounds, and this may go some way towards showing exactly how popular it really is.
The National Lottery is also responsible for distributing money to good causes, and this could be considered the most important role it plays. It was announced in 2007 that the National Lottery had, at that point, given out over twenty billion pounds to charities and other good causes – while people’s opinions of lotteries may vary, nobody can argue with the fact that raising such an amount of money would be nearly impossible by other means.