My analysis was based on Connecticut lottery winners from 1998 to 2011 that I obtained through the State's Freedom of Information. I then organized the data by zip code, and crossed with income data from the IRS and number of residents in each ZIP code by using data from the Census Bureau.
The best way to analyze the demographics of the Connecticut lottery players is to look at where the winners are. In Connecticut, lottery players who claim jackpots of $599 or more are required to cash their tickets at the Lottery headquarter or one of the four High-Tier Claim Center, for tax purposes. An analysis I did for more than a quarter-million addresses shows majority of the winners live in lower-income zip codes. Since the odds of winning are constant, this type of analysis provides irrefutable evidence that majority of lottery players are poor. 65% of CT Lottery players earn less than the State's median income.
Top lottery officials told the Hartford Courant "They have never analyzed their own winner data by ZIP code to determine where their customers live. Instead, they have relied on telephone surveys done by consultant." October 7, 2002 Hartford Courant. The Lottery failed to do analysis of their data, because they don't want the public to know that most of the people who play the lottery are POOR.
Hartford Courant did similar study like this in 2002, and here is the headline back in 2002. "The poor play more, the Connecticut Lottery doesn't want people to know this, but those who play the lottery tend to have lower incomes and less education than the public at large" Hartford Courant.
SOURCE OF DATA: CT Lottery, IRS and U.S. Census Bureau.
Winning Tickets In Aug 2012. Most of the winning tickets are very small. Keep in mind this data is only for winning tickets of more than $599, so the number below are excluded when someone wins few dollars and cashes them at the store level. Majority of winning tickets are less than $599.
Top Ten Last Name Winners in Aug 2012. According to the latest data that I received from CT Lottery there are 7,090 current or former lottery agents, and 9% of the lottery agents are owned or operated by someone whose last name is Patel.
Top Ten Last Name Winners 1998 to 2012. According to the latest data that I received from CT Lottery there are 7,090 current or former lottery agents, and 9% of the lottery agents are owned or operated by someone whose last name is Patel.