These are the lotto tickets bought by the "magicians and snake charmers" who work on this show. We lined up just like everybody else for our chance at a $640 million jackpot (as of now). So depending on how tonight's drawing goes... Monday could be a very different show.
Putting aside our dreams of yachts, champagne baths and world travel, the lottery sparked a smart discussion today about our society.
- In New York, households with a median income of $30,000 spend twice as much on lottery tickets than $50,000 income households.
- Despite a downward economy, lottery sales have been steadily on the rise since 2004
- Also in New York, 15% of State aid to school districts came from lottery revenue
So are the millions of Americans (us included) who are holding Mega Millions tickets today feeling lucky? Or just desperate?