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Lottery Demographics

Lottery Revenues, By Fiscal Year
The D.C., Maryland and Virginia lotteries have experienced their fastest revenue growth after starting new games. The District, for example, saw its lottery jump by a third in fiscal year 1992, when it launched Powerball. Revenues at each of the lotteries dropped in the most recent fiscal year.
Lottery Spending Per Resident
Spending-per-resident figures can be misleading because players often buy where they work, not where they live. Moreover, most experts believe that demographic factors influence playing patterns more than geography. For whatever reason, D.C. and Maryland residents on average spend more than Virginians on the lottery.
College Grads Learn Not to Play
The education level of prospective lottery players is perhaps the best predictor of whether they will play and how much they will spend. High school dropouts are far more likely to play the lottery, and to play heavily, than those with college degrees. This tendency is masked somewhat by the fact that those with lower educational levels typically have lower incomes and therefore can't afford to play as much.

Income Has Some Impact on Who Plays the Most
Those with middle-class and lower-middle-class incomes are more likely to play the lottery than those with higher incomes. Those with low incomes are just as likely to play as the wealthy – although they presumably have less to spend.
Women Less Likely to Buy
Men consistently play more than women and are more likely to play heavily.

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