What is the Lottery?


Lottery is a gambling game in which numbers are drawn at random to determine winners. The first recorded lottery was a public event held in the Low Countries in the 15th century to raise money for town fortifications and to aid the poor.

Gamblers typically covet money and the things that money can buy. Often the promise of the money is seen as an answer to life’s problems, even though the Bible forbids covetousness (Exodus 20:17). People who play the lottery may think that winning will solve their family or financial problems, but the likelihood of winning is so small that it is not worth the risk.

In fact, if you win the lottery, you’re likely to go bankrupt in a few years unless you save some of the money or use it to pay off debt. Americans spend over $80 billion on tickets each year, and most of those dollars could be better spent on building an emergency savings account or paying down credit card debt.

HACA uses a lottery system to select applicants from the wait list. Your application date or preference points do not affect your chances of being selected; all applications are included in the same lottery pool and have an equal chance of being selected. However, you must be aware that there is no guarantee that you will be selected in the lottery, and the process can take up to a year to reach the top of the list.