Why is it that whenever there is a big Powerball lottery ticket winner, it always seems to go to someone on the coasts? Californians just pocketed that last two gigantic lottery amounts, and it sort of gets under everybody's skin.

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According to an older article posted by, three states on the East Coast, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, accounted for 1/2 of the lottery winnings for Powerball and Mega Millions in the year 2019, and California along with both the East and West Coasts accounted for two-thirds of the jackpot prizes that year.

Lottery officials claim that the Powerball lottery is absolutely fair for everyone. Everyone has the exact same chance of winning. However; there are some things that come into play on why it might seem like it's skewed to you.

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Maybe it sounds a little bit like an election, but it's true. The bigger the population, the more likely someone from those big states is going to win more often. Making the top 10 states with the highest populations are:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. New York
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Illinois
  7. Ohio
  8. Georgia
  9. North Carolina
  10. Michigan
  11. New Jersey
  12. Virginia
  13. Washington (State)
  14. Arizona
  15. Massachusetts

It all comes down to this. More people are playing in more populated states, thus you'll see more winners in those locations.


It's not all bad news though. One of the biggest wins in history went to a Midwestern state. The best state to play Powerball (at the time the article was published) is/was Indiana.  Indiana had won 39 times. It could also be because Indiana was one of the first states to adopt the Powerball back in 1992, so they've had a longer period of time to work on winnings than other states that joined later.

Minnesota is also at the top when it comes to Powerball winnings.

The states with the most Powerball Jackpot winners are:

  1. Indiana
  2. Missouri
  3. Minnesota
  4. Kentucky
  5. Pennsylvania


So don't lose hope; I figure if I don't win, at least I'm helping change someone else's life for the better; Your ticket has just as much of a chance at winning as anybody else, anywhere in the US. I just know one of these days, it's going to be us!

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