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Often, it’s people who have few other options.
The lottery is particularly popular with the uneducated. The 2011 Texas Lottery Demographic Survey, for instance, found that people with less than a high school education spent $25 monthly on the lottery, compared to people with a graduate degree who spent $4 monthly.
The lottery is also popular with poor people. Recent studies in the Carolinas found that lottery sales were highest in the poorest counties and that households earning less than $40,000 made up the majority of sales.
Apart from the regulars, some people buy a ticket for themselves or a friend on a special occasion.
We’ve gathered pictures of people using scratch tickets. These people come from all walks of life and some may be educated and affluent.