Here are the 20 states where residents pour the most money into lottery tickets, counting down to where adults spend an average of nearly $1,000 a year.

We also show how the typical person's lottery money could grow if invested in stocks. The math is based on S&P 500 returns, with dividends reinvested, for 2016 and 2017.

20. Missouri

HANNIBAL, MISSOURI - AUGUST 14: North Main Street Historic District on August 14, 2014 in Hannibal, Missouri
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Missouri is known as the "Show Me State" — as in show me the money. In 2016, the average adult here spent $276.96 trying to make their lottery dreams come true.

But if they'd invested that ticket money in stocks instead, they would have had $376.67 at the end of 2017.

The Missouri Lottery was launched in 1986. The largest jackpot ever won in the state was a $293.75 million Powerball prize that went to a Dearborn, Missouri, couple in 2012.

19. North Carolina

Charlotte, NC. United States. July 4, 2014. View at Uptown daylight
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Maybe it's fitting that one of the places with soaring lottery spending is the state where the Wright brothers first took flight.

North Carolina's adults spent an average $289.66 each on lottery tickets in 2016. Investing that money in stocks would have given them $393.93 by the end of 2017.

One North Carolina man has had 144 lottery tickets come up winners over the last three years, awarding him nearly $300,000, WNCN-TV reported. It wasn't clear how many total tickets he purchased.

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