Ohioans Rank High on Lottery ‘Sucker Index’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Are you just another sucker looking to strike it rich?

A recent report by Bloomberg News ranked Ohioans who play the lottery as eighth on a so-called 'sucker index'.  The report looked at prizes and profits from 2010, claiming Ohio Lottery players spend almost $283 a year on games.  Massachusetts residents spend the most, more than $860 annually.

"Regardless of whether you're here or in Las Vegas, the odds are never for you," said Teddy Fullen, of Cleveland.  "It's always against you and for the house, so you make a judgment call."

At the Shell gas station on Smith and Snow Roads in Brook Park, owner Bill Prymas said there are plenty of Ohioans striking it rich.  "We have winners everyday of the week for $500, a thousand-dollars are common."

"I just bought at $10 ticket and I won $1,000," said Savon Dork, of Brook Park.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Ohio Lottery said:  "Players enjoy our games, which have contributed to ten consecutive years of sales growth.  The Ohio Lottery was established by the voters to generate money for education and it's our goal to maximize profits to benefit that cause with 100% of profits going to education."

Players like Brian Kramer don't mind contributing to the cause.  "Uh, I play just for the thrill of it, you know?  There's always a chance for you to win, so you might as well take some chances in life, right?"

According to the lottery, more than $1.6 billion was paid out in prize money last year.