Lottery Draw Reliabilitism


Lotteries are nothing new. In fact, the practice of dividing property by lot has been around since ancient times. Old Testament scripture instructs Moses to take a census of the Israelites, and then to divide the land by lot. Lotteries were also used by Roman emperors to give away slaves and property. Ancient Romans often held dinner games called apophoreta, which means “that which is carried home.”

Early American lotteries

The history of American lotteries is littered with scandals and controversy. The Louisiana State Lottery Company, for example, was illegal for many years. Only after years of corruption and bribery by a criminal organization in New York was the Louisiana State Lottery Company given the necessary charter to operate a lottery system. In the next century, however, government lotteries resurged. Since then, many states have made lotteries a legal part of their tax system.


Lotteries date back to the ancient Chinese. The first written evidence of a lottery date back to the Book of Songs, which was written between 205 and 187 BC. This practice is believed to have helped finance major government projects. The Chinese Book of Songs also refers to the game as “drawing wood” or “drawing lots.”

Game of chance

The game of chance can be broadly categorized into three general categories. The first of these categories are classic numerical lotteries. The second category is instant or quiz lotteries. The third category includes raffles. While all of these games are based on chance, they often have elements of skill, such as chance-based betting. The role of chance in lottery betting and raffles is usually minimal, but the role of chance is still a significant factor in the outcome.


In addition to raising interesting epistemological questions, problems with lottery draw result in the question of reliabilism. Nevertheless, the issues that arise from such a problem are not unique to reliabilism, and the problems are generally relevant to epistemological theories. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common problems with lottery draw results and explore their epistemological implications. If you’re interested in reliabilism, read on.

Return to state government

California’s State Lottery withheld lottery winnings to pay off an overpayment debt. Under Government Code Section (SS) 12419.5, the Controller can deduct amounts due to state agencies from unclaimed property funds. These funds include uncashed checks and money orders, unclaimed life insurance benefits, and inactive bank accounts and stock dividends. While the lottery’s withholding of winnings violated state law, it is unlikely that the lottery’s actions will have a significant effect on lottery players.