In 1576, the main technical development of modern lotteries came about. That was when a local government reform was instituted. Five members of the ruling colleges would retire each year and be replaced. The replacements would be selected by drawing lots from the pool of candidates.
The selecting members used numbered balls placed in an urn to make the selections. Lotteries later adopted the method in their draws, where five numbered balls would be chosen from a total of 90 balls to determine the winners. The method is somewhat still being used to date as it assures randomness and fairness.
Italy's relationship between morality and money was never easy, especially with the growing fascination with lotteries. Religious authorities, including popes XI and XII, tried to intervene in vain.
The government increased the tax rates to reduce gambling activities, but that caused so many issues that it reversed the directives. In 1732, a lottery was officially established in Italy and continued to develop to the modern lotteries played nowadays.
Future of lottery in Italy
Lotteries will more than likely continue to thrive in Italy. That is especially thanks to the improving technologies that make lotteries more accessible to punters and easier to play. However, the Italian government is looking for ways to improve regulation of the gambling industry without forfeiting the revenue it gets from it. That might introduce some challenges but will also reduce fraud instances.