While North Carolina’s biggest counties raked in the most money during the lottery’s first week, residents of the state’s poorest counties bought a disproportionate share of the tickets, according to a Fayetteville Observer analysis.
Counties with the highest ticket sales per capita include 12 of the poorest in the state. Only three of the richest counties were among the biggest spenders.
The lottery’s whirlwind debut on March 30 had generated about $36 million by Thursday, according to N.C. Education Lottery officials. The Observer’s findings reflect what some critics of the games have long argued: A significant chunk of a lottery’s proceeds come from communities where residents can least afford to play the odds.
You can read the rest of the story if you like, but you already know what it says. The lottery sucks.