The Effects of Lottery Gambling
In one study, people who have a low socioeconomic status (SES) were more likely to participate in lottery gambling than those in the upper or middle classes. The findings showed that the median number of days gambled increased with age. The average number of lottery days per participant stayed the same from adolescence to late adulthood. Interestingly, however, there was no significant association between age and the likelihood of playing the lottery.
The effects of lottery gambling are numerous. It can impact charities, the redistribution of money, and addiction. In a study, a high percentage of participants with severe problems had played the lottery, and a number of different variables were examined. The authors concluded that the behavior of lottery gamblers is associated with greater psychiatric and alcohol problems than other types of gamblers. Despite the positive effects, many of these individuals are still susceptible to addiction.
The first criteria for addiction was the ability to satisfy a craving. Lottery players were more likely to fulfill all three diagnostic criteria than those in the NPLG group. The PLG group reported that they were motivated by the perceived positive aspects of gambling rather than from the negative. The most common purchase motivation of lottery gamblers was the desire to win a prize. Therefore, these individuals were more likely to engage in lottery gambling if they possessed the necessary traits.