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Lottery is a type of gambling in which numbered tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize. The prizes are usually cash or goods, but can also be services, such as a vacation. A lottery may be operated by a government, a private company, or a nongovernmental organization. In some cases, a lottery is run for charitable purposes. In others, the proceeds from the lottery are used for a public purpose. Many lotteries have a reputation for being addictive and may be perceived as a form of taxation that disproportionately affects lower-income people.

In economic terms, the decision to purchase a ticket in a lottery is made on the basis of the expected utility of monetary and non-monetary gains. If the monetary gain is large enough, the cost of the ticket will be outweighed by the expected value of the winnings, and purchasing the ticket will be a rational decision for the individual. However, if the winnings are very small or the odds of winning are extremely low, the ticket will be purchased with an expectation of losing money, and the price-to-expected utility ratio will fall.

State governments face an inherent conflict between their desire to increase lottery revenues and their duty to protect the public welfare. As a result, few states have a coherent “gambling policy” or “lottery policy.” Instead, decisions are made piecemeal and incrementally, with the result that lottery officials inherit policies and a dependency on revenues they can do little to change.