A lottery is a legalized government gambling that involves drawing numbers for a specific prize, commonly in money. Although lotteries were common during the 19th century in the United States and some other countries, it was declared illegal in the US and most European countries by the beginning of the 20th century. It was only during the 1960s when casinos and lotteries began to re-appear as a means for governments to raise revenue without the need to raise taxes. Payment of prizes varies depending on the country. In certain countries, especially in the US, the winner gets to choose either an annuity or a one-time fee.