A recently released study has shown that lottery gambling is disproportionately supported by poor and minorities, but those against casino gambling are relatively quiet about the matter.
A survey carried out in South Caroline revealed that minorities and the poor are the most likely to take part in state lotteries. There are many states and religious organisations which support lotteries, mainly because they return them revenue but at the same time are extremely critical of other forms of gambling which are less harmful to those with economic problems.
The statistics from South Carolina were first kept by law but in recent times have been continued voluntarily by the lottery operators, they show that lottery players comprise the same percentages racially and economically as the general population, however, as soon as the numbers are adjusted for frequency of play they become skewed.
Less than 20 percent of the state’s population are black, but they do account for 38.4 percent of regular lottery players who participate more than once a week. 28 percent of the state is made up of households which earn less than $40,000 a year but they account for 53.4 percent of frequent players.
A few of the lottery spokesmen suggested that there may be a cultural link among the frequent lottery players existed to the old numbers racket.
What the survey did not explain was how state lotteries which have terrible odds manage to avoid criticism from anti-gambling groups whilst games which are far safer in terms of odds and chances of winning are heavily criticised.