Business & Economy

Lottery sales fast-paced in low-income, Latino and Asian neighborhoods

Three California Lottery Scratchers tickets, littered on the ground in Los Angeles.
Three California Lottery Scratchers tickets, littered on the ground in Los Angeles.
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A cluster of stores in Orange County, all in Westminster and Garden Grove, were among the lottery’s 30 biggest retailers in 2016 and 2017. The six stores — Gallop Liquor, Café Trang, Coffee Lovers, Al’s Market, LaunderLand and Café Deng — together sold $53.3 million in lottery tickets.

The retailers all sit in census tracts that are home to a plurality of Asian-Americans, and are among the bottom group of incomes in the county.

That trend echoes KPCC/LAist's analysis of two years of ticket sales data, which found that, across California:

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