When I wrote my blog entry Reasons to play the lottery. I did not expect that other blogs would write about it. Beside the Carnival of Personal Finance my post was mentioned in the following blogs.
I don't play the lottery on a regular basis, most of the time I play scratch tickets because I like the instant gratification. However I can honestly say that I tended to play the lottery more often when I was uncertain about my financial situation. I have attached a link to an academic study by Blalock, Just, and Simon ( http://aem.cornell.edu/faculty_sites/gb78/wp/lottery_032505.pdf ) that discusses the desperation factor as the reason why people closer to the poverty line spend a higher percentage of their income on the lottery. If you notice an increase in the amount of money that you are spending on the lottery each week its time to take a serious look at your financial situation.