Addicted to the Lottery: Why People Buy False Hope and Lottery Tickets

“States spend millions on promoting the lottery. In 2011, Oregon’s ad budget was $26.6 million over a two year period; in Ohio, the state used to time advertisements for its Super Lotto game to coincide with the delivery of Social Security and government benefit checks. Poor people are the primary targets of these campaigns—a fact that has made some of my interactions with lottery players uneasy. Multiple customers have told that they spend around $3,000 each year on the lottery and never win. Each person said they continue to play ‘because it’s fun.'”

http://www.vice.com/read/addicted-to-the-lottery-why-people-buy-false-hope-and-lottery-tickets-511?utm_source=vicetwitterus

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