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Parimutuel Lotteries: Gamblers' Behavior and the Demand for Tickets

  • Ursula Hauser-Rethaller
  • Ulrich König
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    In a parimutuel lottery, players face a strategic situation. We investigate how rational lottery players should choose combinations of numbers. Using data from the Austrian Lotto we compare this to actual behavior. We propose a relationship between the number of tickets and the expected loss of taking part, based on both theoretical and empirical findings about players' behavior. Rollovers introduce exogenous price variation allowing to estimate properties of a demand function sensitive to the expected loss. Contrary to previous work our model accounts for conscious selection. Copyright Verein fü Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.

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    Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 2 (05)
    Pages: 223-245

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:3:y:2002:i:2:p:223-245
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