(SmartBlogs) Last week’s Powerball jackpot hit a record $590.5 million, setting off a contagious wave of lottery fever. A single player from Zephyrhills, Fla., holds the winning ticket for this record jackpot. Americans dream of winning big money, so they can provide for their families, buy a tropical island, zoom around in fancy sports cars, live in their dream house and retire. As they say, if you don’t play, you can’t win.

Although most Americans might play the lottery occasionally, many play only when jackpots are big. A large group plays much more regularly. Amounts spent on lottery tickets range from a couple of dollars to hundreds of dollars. Who are the people who play? Where do they live? How much do they spend?

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