Nov. 15, 2013 – Today is recognized as National Philanthropy Day, a day set aside to recognize charitable contributions made in the name of a “love of humanity” – the definition of philanthropy.
As part of the special day for philanthropists everywhere, the LotteryHUB team wants to recognize the work that the 45 (soon-to-be 46) state lotteries put in to benefit their states.
Each year, state lotteries funnel billions of dollars into government funds that support education, veterans and senior citizens, infrastructure projects, environmental initiatives and plenty more, all for the good of the public.
And because lottery players generate that funding by playing games for a chance to win big, National Philanthropy Day is a day to celebrate all the players out there who have contributed to charitable causes in their state through the lottery.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, which hosts the National Philanthropy Day website, released a special video for National Philanthropy Day which they say is intended in part to “underscore the point that everyone can be a philanthropist, and that everything we do makes a difference.”
Lottery employees across the nation all work hard each day to maximize revenues for their lottery’s beneficiaries, and none of the contributions Lottery’s make would be possible without dedicated players.
Today, on National Philanthropy Day, the Mega Millions jackpot sits at $149 million. But when you go to buy your tickets, try also to remember that every dollar is a donation for the “love of humanity.”
That dollar has probably come back around to make your life better in ways you wouldn’t recognize, so don’t forget to thank yourself for all you do – you philanthropist, you!