States hope for revenue boost with Mega Millions craze

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, JAMES POLLARD and GABE STERN
Associated Press

Across the U.S., state lottery systems use that revenue to boost education, tourism, transportation and much more.

Now that the giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot has ballooned to more than $1 billion, state officials are hoping increased national interest in securing the top prize will result in more funding for their own causes.

However, critics of these lottery-funded programs note that lower-income players foot the bill for benefits they won’t proportionately reap.

And the Mega Millions’ drawing comes as Americans are experiencing a decades-high inflation, leaving many with fewer dollars to throw on entertainment.

Some states are already experiencing dips in sales with their lotteries.

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