German lottery began many centuries ago. The first lotteries were played in 1470 in Augsburg, and more followed in Erfurt, Nürnberg, Frankfurt, Rostock, and Gemünden. But the prizes won during these early games were goods instead of money.
The first monetary lottery in Germany was held in the early 1600s, and it marked the start of the most successful lotteries in this country. Both individual players and organizations began seeing these sensational games as an ideal way to raise finances.
By the late 1700s, lotto had grown more popular than class lotteries in Germany. The first one took place in 1763 in Berlin. Within a decade, over 20 cities had recognized it as one of the nation's best forms of betting.
Hamburg even published a lotto magazine known as Lottologie, but this game's soaring fame made it incredibly controversial, prompting the city to abandon it in 1785. Other parts of Germany followed suit, Bavaria being the last to disregard the lotto.
Even so, the lottery was re-established in this country years later. Between 1947 and 1948, betting enthusiasts began indulging in different class lotteries. Then, in 1974, the German Lottery 649 (Lotto 6aus49) was re-introduced, and it has now grown into one of Germany's biggest lottery games.