Today’s poll is based on the page A5 report, “Expats hit jackpot with Dh1.67 a day”, published in the Nation section on October 11.
Over half of Gulf News’ poll respondents have never won a raffle draw, despite buying tickets.
But hope springs eternal.
According to a 2008 study by US-based Carnegie-Mellon behavioural economists, on average, households that make less than $12,400 (Dh45,544) a year, spend five per cent of their income on lotteries.
The researchers found that “feeling poor” - whether you really are, or not - can drive you to buy that ticket, knowing that you are competing in a playing field where everyone has an equal chance of winning.