The Average US Adult Spends $1.19 Per Day On Lottery Games

Whether or not you’re a lottery player, spending is something we all think about.

When it comes to playing the lottery, the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries noted that $113 billion was spent in the US on the lottery in 2023.

With the US adult population estimated at around 260 million people, that leaves the average adult spending about $435 on the lottery in 2023.

That figure accounts for both retail play and games played at online lottery sites.

Though that number seems like a lot, it’s not much over a dollar a day per adult. It’s exactly $1.19 per day.

How does that $1.19 per day compare to other average expenditures for US adults? PlayiLottery took a look.

What average Americans spend their money on each year

According to 2022 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual expenditure of an adult was $72,967. That breaks down to about $200 a day.

graphics showing the average spend of an American adult in 2022

Lottery less than 1% of average daily spend, more than tobacco and slightly less than alcohol

When it comes to lottery spending, the average daily expense is just $1.19. That’s just 0.6% of the average daily spend of an adult.

Compared to other vices, lottery spend is slightly ahead of tobacco ($1.02), but behind alcohol spending ($1.60).

Understandably, the expenses that account for the most money per day are housing ($66.57), transportation ($33.68), food ($25.60), and healthcare ($16.03).

That average spend could increase as there become more states with online lotteries.

According to Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG), the compound annual growth rate of iLottery is at 48%. That is compared to just 5% for retail lottery.

Entertainment makes up nearly 5% of spending

The Bureau of Labor Statistics broke down average spending by percentage as well.

Lottery’s minimal percentage is part of entertainment, which sits just under 5%.

  • Housing: 33.3%
  • Transportation: 16.8%
  • Food: 12.8%
  • Personal insurance and pensions: 12%
  • Healthcare: 8%
  • Entertainment: 4.7%
  • Other expenses: 4.1%
  • Cash contributions: 3.8%
  • Apparel and services: 2.7%
  • Education: 1.8%

Average spending for an American went up from $66,928 in 2021 to $72,967 in 2022. That’s a 9% jump year-over-year.

Of the spending categories, food spending jumped up 12.7% in 2022, while transportation spending was up 12.2%.


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About the Author

Drew Ellis

Drew Ellis

Lead Writer
A member of Catena Media since 2020, Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer at PlayiLottery, where he handles coverage of the online and retail lottery industry in the US. He previously spearheaded news content at PlayMichigan, where he covered one of the most prominent online lottery industries in the US — among the many other aspects of Michigan's sprawling iGaming market. You can email him at [email protected].
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