A lottery is an arrangement in which prizes are allocated by a process that relies wholly on chance.

There is a lot to dislike about the lottery, including that it drives spending, gives states a windfall of free publicity on news sites and TV shows, and encourages covetousness. But the biggest problem is that people are drawn into playing it with the promise that money will solve all their problems. That’s a lie (see Ecclesiastes 5:10).

The lottery is a form of gambling in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing held for prizes. The first lottery in the modern sense is usually dated to 1617, but there are records of much earlier lotteries in the Low Countries. These raised money for the poor, town fortifications, and other public purposes.

In HACA’s lottery, the overall number of applicants impacts everyone’s chance of being selected as a lottery winner. The color of each row and column in the plot below indicates how many times an application has been awarded that position, with red meaning it has received the lottery award the most times. When a new lottery is conducted, the numbers are reshuffled and the odds are reset. The next lottery will begin on January 15, and you can get a chance to be in the drawing by applying now.