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Lottery Funding and African-Americans


Drawing lots to determine rights is a practice that dates back to ancient times. It was common in Europe in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and it was only in the United States that this tradition became associated with funding. King James I of England created a lottery in 1612 to fund the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. Over time, lottery funding became a common way for private and public organizations to raise funds for towns, wars, public works projects, and colleges.


African-Americans have long played the lottery. Many lottery winners became famous after winning. They were featured in newspapers and radio shows, and many have won life-changing jackpot prizes. This article highlights the stories of African-American lottery winners. Read on to learn more about how they won big money and how their stories can inspire others. In addition, you’ll learn about the many ways that lottery winners have overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.


A recent case in Oregon shows that nearly half of all residents play the state lottery. Of these, up to five percent are problem gamblers. Now, the lottery is aiming its efforts at helping Latino problem gamblers, by marketing its games and encouraging minority media companies to get involved. A recent survey by Hispanics in Philanthropy shows that only 1.5 percent of private philanthropic dollars go to Latino nonprofit organizations.

Low-income communities

The New York City Housing Authority offers low-income neighborhoods an opportunity to rent apartments. In the past, low-income housing meant apartments that required a household’s income to be 80 percent or less of the median income. Now, many housing lotteries offer housing for middle and upper-income New Yorkers as well. But with the housing shortage soaring in some parts of the city, the system is overwhelmed and needy New Yorkers are struggling to find affordable housing.


The findings suggest that whites are more likely to play the lottery than non-Hispanic blacks, though they are not statistically significant. Native Americans, meanwhile, were more likely to be lottery gamblers, with an average of 3.3 days more per week. The present descriptive analysis reveals that blacks are less likely to gamble in the lottery than whites, but also indicates that they are less likely to gamble on the lottery every week.


While there is no evidence that Florida’s lottery consciously targets minority groups, it is apparent that blacks and Hispanics play the lottery at higher rates than Whites. This could be a result of a mixture of factors. Advertisements for the Florida lottery may appeal to less-affluent Blacks, who are more likely to be susceptible to persuasive marketing messages. Furthermore, Blacks report that playing the lottery is a fun activity.


The numbers are staggering: only three African-Americans have ever won the lottery jackpot. While this is the largest proportion of black lottery winners ever, it’s not the only reason that many people play the lottery. In the United Kingdom, the percentage of black lottery jackpot winners is much lower. Still, the numbers show that many people are playing the lottery in hopes of winning it. Despite this, African-Americans are the minority who spends the most per capita on lottery tickets.

States that have lotteries

State lotteries have long been an important part of American life. Since the United States was formed, state governments have conducted government games. In 2013, state lotteries generated $62 billion in revenues, paying out nearly $39 billion in prizes and spending $3.2 billion on operating costs. These funds also went to social services and education. But how effective are these games? How can they be made more beneficial for society? What are the downsides?