This week: shocking stats on gambling.

$73.5 billion

Americans spent $73.5 billion on lottery tickets according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

 $734.85

People from Massachusetts spend the most on the lottery. The lottery spending per person is $734.85 a year, according to a study by Lend EDU.

$5.4 million

A New Jersey native won the lottery in back-to-back years — 1985 and 1986 — for a grand total of $5.4 million, reports AskMen.com. She took her extra cash to the tables and slot machines in Atlantic City. Today she is penniless.

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$18 million

After winning $18 million in 1993, a wigmaker from South Korea used a good portion to support the Democratic Party. She was too charitable. Her donations, coupled with gambling and credit-card debt, left her filing for bankruptcy in 2001.

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