Episodic Chasing and Price of Scratch-off Lottery Tickets

Authors

  • Seth W. Whiting
  • Rocco Giovanni Catrone
  • Amrinder Babbra

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2016.32.8

Keywords:

Chasing, instant lottery, risk, scratch-off

Abstract

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.

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Published

2016-05-01

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Section

Brief Report & Replication Papers