Land Lottery

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A Land Lottery is a method of allocating land ownership or the right to occupy land by lot.

Some examples are:

Israelite Land Lottery[edit]

Map of the twelve tribes of Israel (before the move of Dan to the north)

Numbers 26:52-56combines allocation of land by lot with a distribution system allocating territory according to each tribe's adult male population size. The Pulpit Commentary suggests that the community 'probably employed stones, differing in shape or colour, or having some distinguishing mark', which were 'placed in a vessel or in the fold of a garment, and drawn or shaken thence',[3] with the outcome being interpreted as a divine decision.[4]


  1. ^ Estill, A. Emma. "The Great Lottery August 6, 1901" Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Vol. 9, No. 4. December, 1931. Accessed September 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Klamath Project, "The Klamath Project at 100: Conserving our Resources, Preserving our Heritage", accessed 3 July 2015
  3. ^ Pulpit Commentary via Bible Hub,, accessed 3 July 2015
  4. ^ Proverbs 16:33 - The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD