Connecticut Lottery revenue exceeds $1 billion in 2014

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The Connecticut Lottery generated more than a billion dollars in gross revenue in 2014, 18th highest in the country. Revenue per resident, however, was about $292, putting Connecticut in ninth place on a per capita basis, according to recently released statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

With about $720 per resident, Massachusetts had the nation’s highest lottery revenues per-capita in 2014 — the most recent available data for analysis.

Connecticut ranked fifth in the country for highest per-capita prize payouts: $185 per resident.

State proceeds from the lottery have grown consistently year over year, to about $320 million in 2014, according to a Trend CT analysis of Department of Consumer Protection data.

In Connecticut, the the lower the median income in a neighborhood, the more likely its residents will play lottery games.

Towns with high minority rates and higher unemployment rates had more winners, suggesting residents from those towns played the lottery more often, according to an earlier analysis from Trend CT.

What do you think?

  • savimbe8

    The State Lottery is a great way to have the poor pay taxes for the rich.

    • 00000000001

      Though the rich like to look down their pointed noses that the poor does not pay income tax, the Feds & state does make a number of working poor responsible for income tax, as the exemption amounts are not generous. The poor still pays the Social Security & Medicare payroll taxes, sales tax, gross receipt taxes, cigarette tax, alcohol tax, gas tax, lottery, old lines tax, car tax, and implied property tax. It is quite possible that the working poor can have a higher overall tax burden, than a fat cat, when expressed as a percentage of income. If the inner city momma were to cut out cigarettes, marijuana, liquor, lottery, tattoos, and the never-do-well boyfriend, there would be resources to feed their children, but life would end up being such a bore. Due to the inner city mom’s spending habits, in a round-about-way, she does help to fund the services her family receives while the rich think they fund everything.