Everyone dreams of winning the lottery. Thousands are spent on lottery tickets every year. No doubt, every person hopes to be an instant millionaire, and the lottery is a great way to achieve that. While the lottery could be a sure-fire way to find a clear road to riches, others tend to disagree. In fact, some same lottery tickets are a gateway to gambling addictions.

Is lottery legal? Should it be? Many ask these questions for lottery sale to minors are quite common and could lead to gambling habits. This begs the question — should lottery be banned? Thus, the online survey application — Real Research, held a survey on lottery to find out why do people buy lottery tickets? Here are the results.


  • The lottery is legal in 68.76% of the respondents’ countries of residence.
  • Only 17.05% spend more than $51 on lottery tickets.
  • 24.22% find lottery tickets to be a waste of money.

Real Research’s survey on lottery asks its respondents if any of them have ever bought lottery tickets before. In response, 36.25% say yes, they bought them at the lottery site or app. Similarly, 17.30% say yes, they bought lottery tickets at grocery stores, convenience stores, or gas stations. Meanwhile, 9.48% say they bought lottery tickets from both options.

Accordingly, the survey asks respondents how much they spend on average on lottery tickets. Here, 62.27% say $1-$10, 10.97% say $11-$25, 5.30% say $26-$35, 4.41% say $36-$50, and 17.05% say more than $51.

Figure 1: Most purchased lottery tickets

Next, the survey asked which kind of lottery do respondents most purchase. On this, the majority (28.11%) chose the lottery draw ticket – pick your own number. Following after is lottery draw ticket – quick pick (13.59%), lottery scratch tickets (8%), and online lottery (4.90%).

Respondents Debate Over Why the Lottery Should or Shouldn’t Be

Up next on the survey on lottery, the survey asks what is the reason behind allowing the lottery to run. Here, 30.92% say it releases stress, 10.87% say it is the only legal way to gamble in their country of residence, and 8.99% say the revenue will go towards funding state projects. Meanwhile, 30.74% say ‘Other’ and 18.49% believe lottery should not be allowed.

In contrast, the survey asks respondents the reason behind not allowing the lottery to run. Here, the majority (24.22%) say the lottery is a waste of money. Likewise, 10.79% say it gives false hope, 10.66% say the lottery can cause addiction, and 4.79% say it discourses people if they don’t win. Lastly, 3.95% say winning will not secure future financial freedom or happiness and 3.73% say it is societal permission to encourage gambling.

Figure 2: Reasons for people to buy lottery tickets

Next, 44.02% say that it should be mandatory for governments to regulate the sale of lottery tickets to minors. In detail, they believe that minors are still unaware of how to manage money. Still, 14.35% say there should be no regulations as this would hinder free will.

23.94% Have Won First Prize With Lottery Tickets

Next, the survey asks respondents why they think people purchase lottery tickets. 23.60% say people believe that the odds of winning are always open. 20.14% say lottery tickets could change lives in an instant. Meanwhile, 6.08% say the jackpot is especially high, 4.19% say lottery tickets are affordable, 3.23% say it provides entertainment, and 3.21% say it is habitual.

In line with this, respondents reveal their lottery winnings. Interestingly, 23.94% claim they won first place. Likewise, 7.18% say second place, 6.69% say third place, 5.71% say fourth place, and 6.20% say fifth place.

Following after, the survey asks respondents what they would do if they won the jackpot. Here, 24.36% say they will save it, 14.19% say they will invest in real estate, and 5.76% say they will buy a car. In addition, 5.43% will travel, 5.03% will share it with family, 3.28% will go shopping, and 2.92% will donate their winnings.

Figure 3: What respondents will do with their jackpot winnings

Lastly, the survey asks respondents who they will disclose their win to if they ever won the jackpot. On this, a whopping 39.70% say they will only disclose the win to their family. Then, 10.03% say family members and relatives, 8.23% say close friends, and 7.22% say they will keep the secret with themselves.

This leaves, 4.80% who will tell coworkers and 3.73% who will tell everyone. Also, 2.99% say the winners are immediately announced in their country of residence thus, giving them no choice but to disclose their winnings.


Survey TitleSurvey on Lottery
DurationNovember 27 – December 04, 2021
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.