Households with annual incomes of less than $25,000 spend about $600 per year on lottery tickets, compared to $289 in households earning more than $100,00.

African Americans are more likely to lose a higher proportion of their incomes purchasing lottery tickets than whites, and are twice as likely as whites to be problem gamblers or gambling addicts.

Between 1975 and 1998, the number of elderly Americans involved in gambling increased from 35% .to 80%

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