The money for the winning tickets comes from the ticket sales during the week. Believe it or not, a lot more money is pulled in than ever given out. Where do the people who have no jobs get money to buy tickets? Well, what money they have left, they put a little toward tickets. Unfortunately, in hard times, lotteries appeal to people because it looks like "easy" money - and "I'm due to win". In a way, it's like a voluntary tax on people. It's a sad way to provide hope to people too.