But regardless of their dreams, few will ever walk away with the lottery’s grand prize. So … they keep on playing and increasing their spending habits.
Neighboring counties of Jefferson, Monroe, Van Buren, Appanoose, Mahaska and Keokuk have witnessed a substantial increase of lottery spending in past 10 years.
In 2003, Appanoose County residents shelled out about $1 million for Iowa lottery tickets. Ten years later, the total amount of lottery sales was $1.7 million.
Likewise, almost all the other counties have doubled the amount of tickets sold in 10 years. Monroe increased sales from $700,00 to $1,275,715; Jefferson from $700,000 to $1,344,713; Mahaska from $1.2 million to $2,330,204; and Keokuk from $400,000 to $1,022,529 in ticket sales.
Spending per capita among those counties is: Van Buren is $90 per person; Davis, $52.93; Monroe, $158; Appanoose, $137; Jefferson, $80; Mahaska, $104; and Keokuk, $98.
If you play or not, there will always be stories of joy and woes. And there’s always that one hope, good fortune may lie around the corner with one scratch of a lottery ticket.
Wednesday: The top lottery retailers in southeast Iowa.