For millions, the allure is undeniable. The thought that one dollar and a dream could possibly change your life has drawn many to play the state lotteries. In 2015, Americans spent more on the lottery than they did on books, sports tickets, movie tickets, music, and video games combined.
Bolstered on the promise that the revenue gathered will be used for the public good, the state lotteries have grown to be a $70 billion a year business. With some states, such as Rhode Island, averaging nearly $800 a year per person in lottery spending, lotteries have grown to be a key income generator for the states, with personal income tax only beating out lottery revenues as the top government income stream in eleven states, as of 2009.
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