Please note that the estimates shown here may not be fully accurate and may be subject to change as research is more thoroughly conducted.

The financial estimates found below are intended to be as objective and thorough as possible.

Descriptions of how the estimate was made and approximations of estimate reliability will be included when possible.

 

How much money do people spend on lotteries around the world (per year)?

People spend approximately $280B per year on lotteries.

In the United States. people spend more money on lottery tickets annually than on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets and music- combined!

https://www.world-lotteries.org/images/publications/compendia/wla-compendium-2016-rev1.pdf

http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/11/news/companies/lottery-spending/

 

How many people play the lotteries around the world (per year)?

This is quite unclear at the moment. The most reliable sources found so far estimate about 60-70% of adults in countries like the UK and USA play a lottery at least once per year. Please note that the reliability of these sources is questionable and requires further research to arrive at an accurate estimate.

https://www.lottoland.co.uk/magazine/lottery-demographics.html

https://www.quora.com/How-many-people-in-the-US-buy-lottery-tickets-every-year

 

What percent of global lottery sales revenue are directed to prizes awarded to lottery winners?

It is difficult to estimate because there are many lotteries in the world and each lottery operates differently. So far, this figure has been roughly estimated at 60%, or $168B in The Lottery Competition publications using information from the following sources:

https://world-lotteries.org/media-news/publications/wla-compendia/2078-the-wla-global-lottery-data-compendium-2014

Please note:

A more thorough and systematic estimation process is required to arrive at a more accurate estimate. 

 

What percent of global lottery sales revenue are directed to good causes and organizations?

It is difficult to estimate because there are many lotteries in the world and each lottery operates differently. So far, this figure has been roughly estimated at 27% (or $76B) in The Lottery Competition publications using information from the following sources:

https://www.world-lotteries.org/images/publications/compendia/wla-compendium-2016-rev1.pdf

Please note: A more thorough and systematic estimation process is required to arrive at a more accurate estimate.

 

What good causes and organizations are funds raised by lotteries directed towards?

It is difficult to estimate because there are many lotteries in the world and each lottery operates differently. So far, The Lottery Competition publications have stated “it is common for funds to be directed towards public education, investments in infrastructure, and other public projects.” This is based on information from the following sources:

https://www.world-lotteries.org/images/publications/compendia/wla-compendium-2016-rev1.pdf

Please note: A more thorough and systematic estimation process is required to arrive at a more accurate estimate

 

What percent of global lottery sales revenue are used in operating expenses?

It is difficult to estimate because there are many lotteries in the world and each lottery operates differently. So far, this figure has been roughly estimated at 5% (or $14B) in The Lottery Competition publications using information from the following sources:

https://www.world-lotteries.org/images/publications/compendia/wla-compendium-2016-rev1.pdf

Please note: A more thorough and systematic estimation process is required to arrive at a more accurate estimate

 

What is the breakdown of average operating expenses for lotteries across the world?

It is difficult to estimate because there are many lotteries in the world and each lottery operates differently.

Publications from The Lottery Competition have identified the following as common expenses within lotteries: Paying retailer commissions, printing tickets, shipping tickets to retailers, purchasing and maintaining ticket machines, advertising, employee salaries, and administration expenses.

The global average percentages spent on each expense are not yet known by anyone associated with The Lottery Competition. An example of a breakdown of one lottery’s operating expenses can be found on page 23 of the following page:

http://static.www.calottery.com/~/media/Publications/Financial_Reports/2013%20California%20Lottery%20Comprehensive%20Annual%20Financial%20Report.pdf

 

How many people are negatively affected by lotteries around the world (per year)?

This figure is not yet known by anyone associated with The Lottery Competition.

 

How many people are positively affected by lotteries around the world (per year)?

This figure is not yet known by anyone associated with The Lottery Competition.

 

The 2008 United Nations estimate of cost of ending world hunger can be found here:

http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000853/index.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/04/news/04iht-04food.13446176.html

Please note:  Other estimates of this figure vary greatly. It is used in The Lottery Competition literature solely to show the scale of lotteries.