Betting on the Lottery is a PBS Frontline episode broadcast in 1990 about ‘Lottery Fever’ in the United States which at the time saw 29 states raise over $20 billion a year in revenue from the sales of lottery tickets to the population. Reporter James Reston, Jr, goes behind the scenes at lottery kiosks and gains an insight into the people selling the tickets and the people buying them.
Reston ultimately asks “who really wins?” and points out the hypocrisy of government run lotteries existing at the same time as gambling is outlawed in many states. Some would argue of course that the lottery is not gambling but merely a tax on the stupid. If you are interested in this subject consider sticking around to watch more lottery documentaries.