The lottery is, by a wide margin, the most popular form of gambling in America (in Australia, it's electronic gaming machines). While lotteries tantalize players with the prospect of instant wealth, the associated human costs warrant examination.
- States use lotteries to raise revenue—and it’s considerable revenue.
- Lotteries dangle the promise of instant riches to a world full of inequality.
- For many people, winning the lottery—however improbable—feels like their only way up.
- The US lottery player base is disproportionately lower-income, less educated, non-white, and male.