America’s Luckiest States, From Massachusetts to West Virginia

The Daily Beast finds the 13 states with the most luck.

If ever there were a day to strike out in search of a few four-leaf clovers, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Saturday, March 17.

With our favorite quasi-Irish holiday in mind, we wanted to find where the luckiest people are. What better way to do that than with data on the ultimate game determined by luck: the lottery, in which the odds of hitting the jackpot on some games can be as small as 1 in 175 million. To compile our list, we took into account state lottery winnings (from 2010) and Publisher’s Clearing House winnings (from 2011) on a per capita basis; we also accounted for the Total Powerball winners in each state, also on a per capita basis. Population numbers come from the 2010 Census.

Read on to find out in which 13 (of course) cities America’s luckiest people are living. (Hint: move to Massachusetts!)

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West Virginia

Population: 1,847,352

Total Powerball winners: 1,040,204

Powerball winners per capita: 0.56

State lottery winnings: $273,008,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $58

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0

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Kentucky

Population: 4,317,737

Total Powerball winners: 2,200,583

Powerball winners per capita: 0.51

State lottery winnings: $421,914,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $98

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0

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Maryland

Population: 5,733,779

Total Powerball winners: 1,978,000

Powerball winners per capita: 0.34

State lottery winnings: $1,034,157,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $180

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0

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Georgia

Population: 9,612,759

Total Powerball winners: 2,660,552

Powerball winners per capita: 0.28

State lottery winnings: $2,129,144,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $221

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $10,000 

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Pennsylvania

Population: 12,662,926

Total Powerball winners: 6,001,907

Powerball winners per capita: 0.47

State lottery winnings: $1,867,081,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $147

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $20,000

Connecticut

Population: 3,561,486

Total Powerball winners: 1,492,722

Powerball winners per capita: 0.42

State lottery winnings: $608,755,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $171

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0

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New Hampshire

Population: 1,316,255

Total Powerball winners: 809,440

Powerball winners per capita: 0.61

State lottery winnings: $138,907,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $106

Publishers Clearing House winnings: #10,000

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Florida

Population: 18,674,425

Total Powerball winners: 11,064,189

Powerball winners per capita: 0.59

State lottery winnings: $2,346,162,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $126

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $20,000

Delaware

Population: 891,791

Total Powerball winners: 628,467

Powerball winners per capita: 0.70

State lottery winnings: $72,537,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $81

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0

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New York

Population: 19,303,930

Total Powerball winners: 8,001,230

Powerball winners per capita: 0.41

State lottery winnings: $3,951,226,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $205

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $5,000

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New Jersey

Population: 8,756,104

Total Powerball winners: 4,503,566

Powerball winners per capita: 0.51

State lottery winnings: $1,469,691,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $168

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0

Rhode Island

Population: 1,053,846

Total Powerball winners: 767,472

Powerball winners per capita: 0.73

State lottery winnings: $144,264,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $137

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $5,000

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Massachusetts

Population: 6,514,611

Total Powerball winners: 2,011,670

Powerball winners per capita: 0.31

State lottery winnings: $3,174,890,000

Lottery winnings per capita: $487

Publishers Clearing House winnings: $0