Seven of the top 10 places Iowans bought lottery tickets at in fiscal 2015 are in areas where the median household income is below the state median, an IowaWatch analysis of Iowa Lottery and Census data revealed.
Half of the stores on the top 10 list are in Cedar Rapids. The other five are in Waterloo, Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Mason City and Des Moines.
The top locations were ranked by the amount of sales in fiscal 2015, which ended June 30. Iowa’s median household income is $52,229.
While not more likely to gamble, people with low incomes statistically are less likely to seek treatment for gambling addiction, an Iowa Gambling Treatment Program survey reported in 2013. Continue Reading.
Sources: The Iowa Lottery and the U.S. Census Bureau
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