The Hidden History of Lottery Gambling


The NGISC report provides no evidence that lottery companies intentionally target poor people. In fact, marketing to the poor is unlikely to increase sales. In fact, people buy lottery tickets outside of neighborhoods where they live. High-income workers and shoppers pass through neighborhoods that tend to be low-income, but lottery outlets are rare in these neighborhoods. Moreover, the NGISC report does not include any data on the size of these markets. Hence, it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions about the impact of lottery marketing on local economies.

Lotteries are monopolies

There are plenty of studies about other forms of gambling, but few about lottery players’ investment in them. Still, a professor at the University of Idaho is working to fill in these research gaps. In 1992, lottery players in the United States spent $21.8 billion, enough to make the lottery the 38th largest business on the Forbes 500 list. Some economists even suggest using the lottery as a tool to attack the trade deficit.

They are addictive form of gambling

The prevalence of lottery gambling and its potential for addiction is both high and well recognized. Although there are only few empirical studies to explore the profile of lottery gamblers, some current classification studies include this type of gambling in their subjects. Researchers suspect that this could be due to the different profile of lottery gamblers. Therefore, treatment for lottery gambling should address specific characteristics of this subtype. This article aims to shed some light on this question.

They raise money for public-works projects

Lotteries date back to the late sixteenth century when King James I of England devised a lottery in London to help finance the establishment of Jamestown, the first British colony in America. Later, colonists embraced the lottery tradition from England and began organizing both public and private lotteries, with proceeds going toward public-works projects. The line between public and private began to blur when colonial lotteries began to benefit private institutions, such as universities and churches. By the time of the Revolutionary War, there were about 160 colonial lotteries in operation, and some of the funds raised from these lotteries went towards funding the war.

They are inversely related to education level

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They fund prekindergarten programs in lower-income areas

Georgia lawmakers are spending $211 million from the state’s lottery on prekindergarten programs in lower-income neighborhoods. In 1992, they focused on preschool programs for children from lower-income families and expanded them in the past three years to serve all four-year-olds. But the lottery funds are not sufficient to provide universal access to prekindergarten programs. The state still needs to spend more money to make universal prekindergarten programs available to all children.