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Selling Hope

Selling Hope

State Lotteries in America

Charles T. Clotfelter, Philip J. Cook

ISBN 9780674800984

Publication date: 10/01/1991

With its huge jackpots and heartwarming rags-to-riches stories, the lottery has become the hope and dream of millions of Americans—and the fastest-growing source of state revenue. Despite its popularity, however, there remains much controversy over whether this is an appropriate business for state government and, if so, how this business should be conducted.


  • Although Selling Hope is a serious work of economic research, the authors bring a lively curiosity and an engaging style of writing to their work… I found Selling Hope to be enlightening, even entertaining at times, and full of good reason for outrage over the lottery.

    —Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times


  • Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University.
  • Philip J. Cook is ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University.

Book Details

  • 336 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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