Lottery sales still depend on economic desperation

In 2007, Joseph Coletti looked at county lottery sales per adult and found that sales were higher in the most economically distressed counties. Among his findings: “Property tax rates, unemployment, and poverty rates are the best guides to a county’s lottery sales per adult.”

My study of 2010 found the same dynamic still in play. For the John Locke Foundation’s forthcoming Agenda 2014 policy booklet, I decided to look again at county lottery sales per adult against their poverty and unemployment rates, median household incomes, and property tax rates. The situation sadly remains the same:

lottery table

Jon Sanders / Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...