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Want to Win the Lottery? Join a Very Big Crowd

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win the lottery? Like to buy a few tickets when the Powerball number gets really big? According to Derek Thompson, you are far from alone.

Writing for The Atlantic, Thompson reports that residents of the 43 states in which lotteries are legal spent a cool $70 billion on lotto games. If that sounds like a lot, it should. It averages out more than $230 per person in those states, or $300 per adult.

But if that’s not shocking enough, Thompson points out that $70 billion is more than all Americans spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets, and recorded music sales combined. If we think kids are prone to spend too much time on their Playstations, what should we think of our collective obsession with the lottery?