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Jackpot Junkies: Who is buying all of the lottery tickets?

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma has had a state lottery for more than a decade, approved by a vote of the people in 2004.

Every year, the lottery generates about $70 million for education.

The money is used for teacher salaries and building projects.

Monday night at 10 p.m. on NewsChannel 4 we investigate who is buying all the lottery tickets.

"Some people win. Some people don't," said lottery retailer Mike Pham. "Everybody happy," he laughs.

Mikie's Stop and Shop is one of 480 places to buy a lottery ticket in Oklahoma County.

In the south OKC zip code where Mikie's is located (73129) there are more lottery retailers than any other zip code in the state.

"The first of the month, we sell really steady. The end of month it slows down a little bit," said Pham.

NewsChannel 4's Ali Meyer has obtained the Oklahoma Lottery Commission's retail sales figures to answer these questions:

  • Are residents in Oklahoma City's poorest zip codes buying more lottery tickets?
  • Are there fewer lottery retailers in the metro's wealthy zip codes?
  • Does the lottery prey on the state's must vulnerable citizens?