State Lotteries Are Booming in Tough Times

It's one business that's thriving in this rocky economy – lottery ticket sales. Two-thirds of the 41 state lotteries that end their budget year in June enjoyed higher sales than the year before, and 17 of those states set all time sales records, according to data compiled by USA Today. Numerous studies have shown that poor people make up a disproportionate number of lottery players, lured by slogans such as "All it takes is a dollar and a dream." But there is a bitter debate whether tough...Full Story
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