Many states allow lottery retailers in their state to sell their products. Most states do not regulate the number of retailers that can sell lottery products, so they can do so as many times as they wish. Retailers in New Jersey, for example, have an Internet site where they can find information about game promotions, ask questions, and get individual sales data. Louisiana also implemented an optimization program in 2001 that encourages lottery retailers to increase sales and improve marketing techniques.
Lottery revenues make up a small portion of state budgets
In most states, lottery revenues make up less than 5% of general revenue. This is far less than the general sales tax’s 25% share of state revenue. Yet, one out of four adults play the lottery at least once a month. Additionally, one out of four people buy five or more tickets. In some states, the lottery is a key part of the local economy and has even helped fund school systems and programs that benefit rural areas.
They are considered an acceptable form of entertainment by 65% of respondents
According to a survey from the Lottery Research Institute, 65% of American adults view playing lotteries as a fun form of entertainment. This positive attitude toward lotteries is higher among people under the age of 35. In contrast, as respondents age, their favorable opinion of lotteries declines.
They benefit education
The Oregon lottery dedicates one-quarter of its money to public schools. In addition, the lottery funds go toward improving local watersheds, creating jobs, and fighting gambling addiction. In Virginia, lottery funds have been used to fill in funding gaps for public schools. The Idaho lottery has awarded more than $200 million to schools, with most of that money going toward building construction.
They increase sales at convenience stores
Recent studies have shown that lottery winnings increase sales at convenience stores. While the amount of money won is relatively small compared to other impulse purchases, the lottery sales are a consistent driver of sales for convenience stores. In fact, lottery ticket sales increase the total sales at convenience stores by nearly 65% on average. In addition, lottery winners typically spend more than non-winners.
They benefit African-Americans
There are many ways that the lottery benefits African-Americans. While gambling was traditionally local and private, the lottery has become a major source of income in African-American neighborhoods. In Orangeburg County, South Carolina, lottery players spent an average of $1,274 per person over the past six years. The lottery’s presence in African-American neighborhoods has also increased the availability of gambling games for the black community.