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Not-so-rich Buy Texas Lottery's $50 ticket....

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Not-so-rich buy Texas Lottery's $50 ticket

By LISA SANDBERG and CHASE DAVIS
Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
Jan. 14, 2008

AUSTIN — When top lottery officials last winter announced the introduction of a $50 scratch-off game — the priciest lottery ticket in the nation — they said they hoped to appeal to a particular type of player: The affluent.

As it turns out, the $50 game, called $130 Million Spectacular, has fared best in middle-income neighborhoods typically not considered affluent, according to six months of sales data analyzed by the Houston Chronicle.

The Chronicle looked at each of the state's ZIP codes with at least 1,000 adult residents, dividing them into groups based on their median household income in the 2000 census.



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