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lotto, lottery, public finance, gambling
This paper considers the whether offering multiple lotto games within a state by joining a multi-state lottery increases total ticket sales compared to offering a single state game. The question is considered from two different perspectives, which both lead to the conclusion that states do tend to benefit from increased ticket sales overall by joining a multi-state lottery association. There is, however, a noted difference in the magnitude of that effect depending on the size of the average jackpots of the previously existing state games.
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Matheson, Victor and Grote, Kent, "Gamblers’ Love for Variety and Substitution among Lotto Games" (2006). Economics Department Working Papers. Paper 69.
This article was published as: Matheson, V., Grote, K. (2007). Gamblers’ Love for Variety and Substitution among Lotto Games. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, 1(2), pp.85-99.