Tax revenue from lotteries is supposed to fund education and other public services.
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The Mega Millions lotto pot for Jan. 15 is the second largest it's ever been. Taxes on the lotto go to state governments, but often the money isn't spent in quite the way it's supposed to be.
Winning big often involves looking for the opportunities that are the opposite of what everyone else is doing.
In some ways winning is the easy part.
A lucky South Carolinian came forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot. Academic research has some suggestions about what the winner should do next.
The ‘lucky’ ticket may not be so lucky after all.
The lottery’s jackpot has swelled to that eye-watering sum, but research suggests hopeful ticket holders should be careful what they wish for.
The Mega Millions stakes have never been higher.
Lotteries purportedly generate money to support public education. Jackpots are getting bigger and bigger – but states don't seem to be spending any more on education.
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You are far more likely to die driving to buy your ticket than you are to actually win first division in the lottery.
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If winning first division in the lotto is very unlikely, why is playing so popular?
Saying they are is to dangerously misunderstand the limits of scientific enquiry.
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