Lottery Retailers Get Commissions For Selling Lottery Tickets


Lotteries have been around for hundreds of years. Many ancient documents mention the practice of drawing lots to determine ownership. By the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it became a common practice across Europe. In 1612, King James I of England launched a lottery to support the new settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Since then, lotteries have been used by both public and private organizations to fund towns, wars, and public-works projects.

The study also found that lottery players from low-income zip codes spent almost twice as much money on lottery tickets as residents of very wealthy zip codes. Moreover, residents of lower-income neighborhoods spent a larger proportion of their income on lottery tickets. In contrast, those living in wealthier zip codes spent 0.46 cents for every $100 of household income.

In South Carolina, for example, 17 percent of players play more than once a week, while the remaining 79 percent play one to three times a month. Those who play fewer than three times a month are likely to be high-school educated, middle-aged males from middle-class families.

Lottery retailers receive a commission on the lottery ticket they sell. Moreover, they are also given a certain percentage of the money collected from lottery sales. Most states, including Wisconsin, have incentive-based programs that reward retailers for selling more tickets. These retailers may also receive bonuses for asking customers to purchase lottery tickets, which is a great way to promote the sales of lottery tickets.