Why marginalized communities lose more than dreams on lottery tickets
So what’s your lucky number? That’s a question a lot of people have been asking themselves in the past few years as jackpots in lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions reach new heights. State lotteries in modern America are actually only about 60 years old and Illinois’ lottery will be 50 years old next year. Jonathan Cohen wrote For a Dollar and a Dream: State Lotteries in Modern America, which explores how the lottery has become a fantasy rocket to the wealthiest parts of society among our poorest and most marginalized residents.