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The Boston Globe


Lottery often gives aid to affluent, takes from poor

CHELSEA — The line at Tedeschi Food Shops on Washington Avenue extended to the door on a recent Tuesday afternoon as several customers waited to try their luck with a $2 scratch ticket.

Though Chelsea is one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts, its residents are among the most enthusiastic lottery players in the state, spending an average of $1,179 per man, woman, and child on tickets last year, according to state records.

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