I look closely at American communities through the lens of state lotteries. By focusing on this robust Main Street economy, I seek to offer an alternative to the familiar picture of ebullient winners holding a large facsimile check. These are stories of resilience, desire, money and the American dream.
Most of my photographs are made at small, neighborhood, family-run convenience stores and marketplaces where a winning jackpot ticket was sold. After selling a winning ticket, stores become known as lucky, inciting a buying frenzy that produces huge ticket sales. Whether you are pro, con or indifferent it is likely your community derives a benefit and depends on this revenue.
I follow the trail of winning jackpot tickets across the country to see the effects of income inequality and the overlooked people and places experiencing economic hardships. I talk with many small business owners, clerks and players who are working harder, longer hours without attaining financial security for themselves or their family.
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