How to Make Powerball More Progressive

Can bigger jackpots make lotteries less regressive?

My mother could have been one of the winners of this week's $448 million Powerball jackpot.

True, she died 35 years ago. But she was a player. She liked to buy her lottery tickets at the Maine State Liquor Store -- something of a test of wills for a recovering alcoholic, but hey, you can't give up everything. And for a lately divorced Boston Brahminette of slowly declining fortunes, I guess that once-a-week shot at free money was worth staring down all those bottles.

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