We Sold A Winner

Since 9/11 the US has spent $536 billion on the war in Afghanistan and during the same time Americans have spent almost an equal amount buying lottery tickets, 532.3 billion.

I look closely at main street through the lens of state-run lotteries by focusing on family-run convenience stores and marketplaces where a winning jackpot ticket was sold.

After selling a winning ticket, stores become known as "lucky" and the resulting happiness contagion creates brisk sales among local players. Whether you are pro, con or indifferent, it is likely your community depends on this revenue.

I photograph the unseen people and places outside the familiar lottery coverage of ebullient winners holding a large facsimile check to picture overlooked stories of resilence, desire, money and the American dream.