Why People Support the Lottery


The lottery was first started in the state of Colorado in 1890. Other states that have lottery games were Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Virginia. The lottery is legal in most of the states, and many have won millions of dollars with it. Polls have shown that people support the lottery. Here are some reasons why. Hopefully, the results of these polls will help you decide whether or not you should start a lottery in your state.

New York has the largest cumulative sales of any lottery

The state of New York has the largest cumulative sales of any state’s lottery. It also generates the largest profit, with more than $23 billion in cumulative sales. Massachusetts, on the other hand, has the highest cumulative prize payments. While each state distributes its lottery profits differently, New York has the largest sales of any state’s lottery. See Table 7.6 for a breakdown of sales by state.

While the lottery is profitable, the money generated by sales remains a small fraction of the state budget. According to research by Charles T. Clotfelter and colleagues around the turn of the century, state lotteries generated only 0.67% to four percent of general revenue. By contrast, general sales taxes and income taxes accounted for as much as 25% of total revenue. In the U.S., sales of the lottery were approximately $1.2 billion in 2016.

Polls show support for a lottery

A survey of Oklahomans shows overwhelming support for a statewide lottery vote. According to a recent survey by Consumer Logic and the Tulsa World, 73 percent of respondents support a lottery vote for education. However, the governor has been campaigning on the issue this week. He held his first news conference since taking office in January, and also met with lawmakers on the issue. He hopes to use the lottery to boost education spending and improve student performance.

In the past two sessions, Republicans in the legislature tried to stop the lottery, including Gov. Phil Bryant. But he held off the announcement to ensure the state’s voters would be happy with the proposal. Opponents, including Attorney General Mary Sue Terry and House Speaker A.L. Philpott, have been outspoken in their opposition. But despite these partisan divisions, many people are cheering on the lottery’s passage. Early polls showed that support for the lottery was nearly two-to-one. But more recent surveys indicate that the gap is closing.