ABOUT THIS SERIES
This series explored how Mainers falling on hard times rely on the lottery to rescue them. A first-ever statistical analysis of Maine lottery sales and census data by Cornell University, commissioned by our newsroom, showed lottery ticket sales rise when people lose their jobs. The state government spent millions to sway Mainers to buy more lottery tickets, our newsroom investigation found.
People on public assistance spent hundreds of millions on the lottery – and took home $22 million in winnings
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