HSED422/MSED456: Lottery Numbers, Part 2

Names of people you worked with:
Objectives: In this worksheet we research how lottery funds are distributed to Massachusetts towns and compare the result with the number of agents registered to sell tickets in each town. Work in groups of two to answer the questions below. Each group member should contribute equally to the analysis.
  1. Choose a town from the list on the page http://www.masslottery.com/wherethemoneygoes.html and write that town's name in the table below.
    No. of Agents      
    Funds Received      
  2. How much local aid did that town receive from the lottery in 2005? Enter the amount in the table.
  3. Use the list of lottery agents at http://www.masslottery.com/AgentList/index.htm to estimate how many agents sell lottery tickets in that town. Enter your result in the table.
  4. Have your partner choose another town. Look up the local aid received and the number of agents in that town and enter the data in the table.
  5. Use the grid below to plot your results, showing the number of agents along the x-axis and the amount of local aid along the y-axis.
Grid; x-range 0 to 100, y-range 0 to 16,000,000.
  1. Add your classmates' results to your graph. (If you finish early, you may choose a third town and collect data for it.)
  2. Describe any patterns you see in the points you have graphed.





  3. Why do you think this pattern appears?





If each agent sells about the same number of lottery tickets, this is (approximately) a graph of the amount of local funds received by a town as a function of the amount of money spent on lottery tickets by its residents.
  1. Do you think it's true that every agent sells about the same number of lottery tickets?





  2. Do you think we can use this graph to see whether the distribution of local aid money is fair?


  3. If you answered "no" above, explain your answer. If you answered "yes" above, do you think the distribution of local aid money is fair? Why or why not?