U.S. Powerball fever grips ticket buyers with prize at $1.4 billion

Peter Finn

Peter Finn

As Powerball fever heated up in early January with the jackpot approaching records of $900 million and then $1.4 billion, reporters contacted the IU News & Media Team for experts who could talk about why many who never play the lottery were buying tickets and about the psychology behind many people’s decisions.

Reporters from the Bloomington Herald-Times, the Indianapolis Star, Reuters and the Chicago Southtown were directed to Peter Finn, a professor in IU Bloomington’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Coverage included:


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