TECH LOTTERY REPORT: HISPANICS MORE LIKELY TO PLAY
February 3, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 3, 2005
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Hispanics are more likely than other ethnic groups to play the Texas Lottery, according
to a survey conducted by Texas Tech University’s Earl Survey Research Laboratory.
Previous studies reported that whites and those making $50,000 a year or more made
up the largest proportion of lottery players. This was true in absolute numbers, but
that is because they made up a larger proportion of the sample. The Texas Tech study
examined the proportion of people within each category that report playing the lottery
rather than the proportion of all lottery players that come from each category.
Brian Cannon, operations director for the research laboratory, said the Texas Tech
study differed from previous studies in that more income categories were provided
on the survey and questions were added to deal with lottery games added since the
The income categories were adjusted because previous studies set $50,000 and above
as the upper limit – a figure that Tech researchers thought was too broad and low.
Additional categories were added and the upper income limit was set to $100,000 and
The findings differ from previous years not because the raw figures are significantly
different, but because the study compared proportions of lottery players within ethnic
categories instead of simply considering how many players came from each group.
Other findings of the survey:
• The number of Texans playing the lottery has decreased to 47% in 2004, from 56%
• The most popular game is Lotto Texas, followed by scratch-off games.
The Texas Lottery Commission is required by law to conduct a demographic study of
lottery participants every two years. They contracted with Texas Tech to perform the
most recent study.
The report is available online at http://lottery.state.tx.us.