Wednesday night's Powerball is expected to be $375 million. With that in mind, did you know that New Hampshire was the first state to have a lottery?

Credit: Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
Credit: Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

According to the New Hampshire Lottery, State Representative Larry Pickett of Keene saw a sweepstakes as a viable and voluntary method of raising money for education.

Over 10 years, Pickett proposed a Sweepstakes bill five times, and finally in 1963, the bill passed, according to the lottery website. And on March 12, 1964, the first lottery tickets went on sale.

Now 44 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have them, too.

Good luck if you're playing the Powerball!

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