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Episodic Chasing and Price of Scratch-off Lottery Tickets

Seth W. Whiting, Rocco Giovanni Catrone, Amrinder Babbra


The present study examined the relationship between instant (scratch-off) lottery ticket price and "chasing losses" within a single gambling episode. Across several months, each time an instant lottery ticket was purchased (N = 1081), convenience store clerks recorded the gamblers' genders, the price of the tickets purchased, and whether the customer purchased another ticket before leaving the premises. Logistic regression analysis showed a significant association between ticket price and repurchasing (odds ratio = .842, p < .0001), suggesting within-session chasing is common with lower priced instant lottery tickets, and lower costs are not necessarily indicative of less risk.


Chasing; instant lottery; risk; scratch-off

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