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Why the Poor Play the Lottery: Sociological Approaches to Explaining Class-based Lottery Play

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Beckert,  Jens
Soziologie des Marktes, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons41241

Lutter,  Mark
Soziologie des Marktes, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

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Beckert, J., & Lutter, M. (2013). Why the Poor Play the Lottery: Sociological Approaches to Explaining Class-based Lottery Play. Sociology, 47(6), 1152-1170. doi:10.1177/0038038512457854.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-8D65-1
Abstract
Why do the poor spend more on lottery tickets than their wealthier and better educated peers? While social scientists generally agree that there is an inverse relationship between socio-economic position and patterns of lottery play, there is debate on what factors cause lottery gambling. Using survey data from a nationwide probability sample, we test three sociological approaches – socio-structural, cultural and social network accounts – to explain why the poor play the lottery. While controlling for cognitive bias theory, we find that peer play, educational attainment and self-perceived social deprivation have strong effects on lottery play. Culture, the study finds, plays a much lesser role. Although lottery players demonstrate fatalistic value orientations, it is not a lack of a ‘Protestant’ work ethic that makes the poor spend proportionally more on lottery tickets. The findings of this study generally point to the importance of social structures in explaining lottery gambling.