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State Lotteries No Longer Recession-Proof

Slim odds have prevented many of us from playing the lottery, and now the economy has more Americans resisting the urge to put $5 on the Super Lotto. With retirement savings down the drain and an uncertain job market, people aren't as willing to take a chance on the lottery.

Nationwide, state lottery sales fell about $215 million in the past few months compared to the same time last year. More specifically, they're down by about 10 percent in California and 4 percent in Texas. John W. Kindt, a gambling critic and business professor at the University of Illinois, said the decline in lottery sales "is an unusual phenomenon." Previously, state lotteries have not been affected by economic recessions.

While it's positive that Americans are being more cautious with their spending, the government programs that typically benefit from lottery sales will receive less money than in recent years. Education programs are the most common recipients of lottery proceeds — in states like CA and TX, these programs have seen about $1 billion in funding from lottery sales alone.


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refinedharmony refinedharmony 8 years
Same here, I've been thinking lately about joining in on the lotto in the hopes of an instant million. Although scratch-offs have always worked better for me :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's interesting to me that state lotteries are suffering seeing as how i've bought tickets for the first time in my life in the hopes that i'll get to win a few million :)
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