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Scratch tickets propelling Minnesota State Lottery to record sales

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Minnesota lottery is raking in record profits year after year. Its success has been immune to economic downturns and stoked by the soaring popularity of habit-forming and ever-multiplying scratch games.

University of St. Thomas professors Kathryn Combs, Ph.D., and John Spry, Ph.D., found in a 2008 study that all of the Minnesota lottery’s products were regressive — that lower-income groups bought higher shares of lottery tickets.

Scratch tickets were found to be the most regressive, with 20 percent of the state’s lowest-income population buying 30 percent of the tickets. Half of the top earners bought 27 percent of the tickets, the study found.

Originally published: 06/17/2013, Star Tribune