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Feeling lucky? Over half of our poll voters aren’t

The poorer you feel, the more likely you are to buy a lottery ticket, research finds

Gulf News

Today’s poll is based on the page A5 report, “Expats hit jackpot with Dh1.67 a day”, published in the Nation section on October 11.

Over half of Gulf News’ poll respondents have never won a raffle draw, despite buying tickets.

But hope springs eternal.

According to a 2008 study by US-based Carnegie-Mellon behavioural economists, on average, households that make less than $12,400 (Dh45,544) a year, spend five per cent of their income on lotteries.

The researchers found that “feeling poor” - whether you really are, or not - can drive you to buy that ticket, knowing that you are competing in a playing field where everyone has an equal chance of winning.

Do you regularly buy lottery tickets? Tell us at readers@gulfnews.com.

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