Nearly half of all U.S. adults say they’ve bought a state lottery ticket in the past 12 months, according to a new Gallup poll.
It also turns out that people who make more money are more likely to buy a ticket — 56 percent of those whose annual salary is $36,0o00-$89,999 have played the lottery compared to only 40 percent of those who make less than $36,000. In the highest income group, those making $90,000 or more, 53 percent have played the lottery. Altogether, it averages out to 49 percent buying state lottery tickets, the most popular type of gambling Gallup follows.
States use lotteries to support policy funds. In Ohio, the lottery’s mission is: “To offer entertaining games that maximize profits for K-12 public education,” according to the official website.
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