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Mapping shows lottery winnings not evenly distributed

Patrick Lakamp and Susan Schulman of The Buffalo News mapped lottery sales and total winnings for more than 1,500 lottery retailers in western New York. The data showed that $60 was paid out for every $100 wagered in the lottery, but the distribution of these winnings was not equitable. "Poorer neighborhoods tend to be popular spots for the lottery. Statewide, communities with median household incomes below $30,000 spent almost twice as much per adult on lottery tickets as communities with incomes exceeding $50,000." The winning percentage in these poorer areas was below the state average, meaning those spending the most are winning the least.

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