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The series explores 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 investigation found.
A first-ever statistical analysis of Maine Lottery ticket sales figures and census data shows sales go up when people lose their jobs.
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