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LOTTERY. A scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
     2. In most, if not all of the United States, lotteries not specially authorized by the legislatures of the respective states are prohibited, and the persons concerned in establishing them are subjected to a heavy penalty. This is the case in Alabama, Connecticut Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. In Louisiana, a license is granted to sell tickets in a lottery not authorized by the legislature of that state, on the payment of $5000, and the license extends only to one lottery. In many of the states, the lotteries authorized by other states, are absolutely prohibited Encycl. Amer. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Aggregate data on lottery sales and income, which are commonly at the zip-code or county level, are often used in regression analysis of an aggregate lottery-demand function to estimate an income elasticity of demand for lottery tickets. The income elasticity of demand for lottery tickets is the most common statistic in the policy debate on the efficacy of state lotteries as an appropriate means of state government finance, as it provides evidence on the distributional burden (by income) of lottery-ticket expenditures (i.e., lottery "regressivity").
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