You won’t believe how much Americans spend on the lottery each year

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — How much do Americans love playing the lottery?

More than they love music, movies, books, video games and sports teams – combined.

At least that’s what the spending figures indicate.

**$2 billion in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year**

Last year Americans spent a total of $70.15 billion on lottery tickets, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

That tops the $62.7 billion spent on all of those different forms of leisure and entertainment, according to most recent sales figures.

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