Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 729–736 | Cite as

The Determinants of Lottery Sales in Portugal

  • Maria João Kaizeler
  • Horácio C. Faustino
  • Rafael Marques
Original Paper


In sum, this paper examines the core determinants of lottery sales in Portugal. With panel data analysis covering 18 Portuguese districts and 5 years, this study explains the variations in a district’s per-capita lottery sales in terms of key theoretical hypotheses such as per capita district income, age, education index, gender and religion. This paper concludes that the richer Portuguese districts spend more than the poorer districts and there is an inverted-U relationship between lottery sales and per capita income. The paper also concludes that married Catholic citizens spend more on lottery products than others and that the level of education returns a negative effect on lottery spending.


Gambling Lotteries Religiosity Level of education Gender Age Income Portugal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria João Kaizeler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Horácio C. Faustino
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rafael Marques
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.SOCIUS—Research Centre in Economic and Organizational SociologyLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG)Technical University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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