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Powerball, Mega Millions: These are the luckiest states for jackpot winners

Chances of winning the lotto are extremely low, but if you do win here’s what not to do.

If you haven’t come close to winning either the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot, maybe it’s time to change the location of where you buy your tickets.

Of course, buying a ticket in another state won’t guarantee you luck, either.

We tracked down where the luckiest states are for Powerball and Mega Millions, the two most popular national lottery games.

Six states – Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah – do not have state lotteries, and therefore do not sell Powerball or Mega Millions tickets.

But the other 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, do play Powerball. So, where does your state rank?

Powerball

With 39 winners, Indiana represents over 10% of all jackpot winners in this game.

Missouri is second with 31 winners, followed by Minnesota at 22.

Florida has had 12 big winners, including a Melbourne Beach couple, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt, who shared the biggest jackpot of any kind in U.S. history, dividing the $1.58 billion prize on Jan. 13, 2016, with winners from California and Tennessee.

Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida, claim their Powerball jackpot in Tallahassee on Feb. 17. (Photo: KARL ETTERS/TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT)

Just four states – Maine, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming – plus the U.S. Virgin Islands – have yet to sell a ticket with six matching numbers.

Amazingly, five Powerball tickets have gone unclaimed, including a ticket worth $16 million purchased at a suburban Tampa convenience store in 2013.

State-by-state Powerball jackpot winners

  • Indiana: 39
  • Missouri: 31
  • Minnesota: 22
  • Kentucky: 18
  • Pennsylvania: 18
  • Louisiana: 17
  • Wisconsin: 17
  • Arizona: 13
  • Florida: 12
  • Kansas: 11
  • New Hampshire: 11
  • Washington, D.C.: 11
  • New York: 11
  • Nebraska: 10
  • Delaware: 10
  • Iowa: 9
  • California: 9
  • New Jersey: 8
  • West Virginia: 8
  • Connecticut: 8
  • Rhode Island: 8
  • Tennessee: 7
  • South Carolina: 6
  • North Carolina: 6
  • Georgia: 6
  • Massachusetts: 6
  • New Mexico: 5
  • Oregon: 5
  • Idaho: 5
  • Oklahoma: 4
  • Montana: 4
  • Michigan: 4
  • Ohio: 3
  • Colorado: 3
  • South Dakota: 3
  • Puerto Rico: 2
  • Texas: 2
  • Illinois: 2
  • Maryland: 2
  • Virginia: 1
  • Arkansas: 1
  • Washington: 1
  • Maine: 0
  • North Dakota: 0
  • Vermont: 0
  • Wyoming: 0
  • U.S. Virgin Islands: 0

Mega Millions

When it comes to the Mega Millions, only 25 states have claimed big jackpot winners, with New York’s 37 mega-millionaires leading the way.

California is second with 31 and Ohio recently joined New Jersey in a third-place tie with 20. The latest Ohio winner claimed a $375 million jackpot on Dec. 17.

Sadly, three winning Mega Millions jackpot tickets – all bought in New York, in 2002, 2003 and 2006 – went unclaimed.

State-by-state Mega Millions jackpot winners

  • New York: 37
  • California: 31
  • New Jersey: 20
  • Ohio: 20
  • Georgia: 17
  • Michigan: 17
  • Texas: 13
  • Illinois: 11
  • Maryland: 11
  • Virginia: 9
  • Washington: 5
  • Massachusetts: 3
  • North Carolina: 2
  • Pennsylvania: 2
  • Missouri: 2
  • Florida: 2
  • Indiana: 2
  • Arkansas: 1
  • Kansas: 1
  • South Carolina: 1
  • Idaho: 1
  • Illinois: 1
  • Tennessee: 1
  • New Hampshire: 1
  • Rhode Island: 1

Is Indiana lucky? People from that state represent 10% of all Powerball jackpot winners. New York has the most Mega Millions winners.

Map: 60 stores that sold the most winning lottery tickets in San Antonio area in 2019

West Side convenience store tops list for most winning tickets over $599

SAN ANTONIO – When it comes to hitting the jackpot, some stores are luckier than others.

Texas Lottery data obtained by KSAT through public information requests showed which stores in the San Antonio area sold the most winning tickets where the prize was worth more than $599 in 2019.

Leading the way is the Potranco Food Mart located at 10775 Potranco Road. In 2019, the convenience store sold 48 winning tickets over $599. The Potranco store sold 11 more tickets than the second luckiest store, the Mobil Mart at 9068 FM 78 in Converse.

The list spans the area, including stores in Floresville, New Braunfels and Seguin.

Some of last year’s most notable winnings came from stores that didn’t crack the list, however.

In December, a San Antonio resident claimed a $1 million prize from a scratch-off purchased at Walmart at 510 Kitty Hawk Road.

Although the Walmart didn’t make the list, an H-E-B on the same street sold 21 winning tickets.

Another resident last year also won $1 million from a ticket purchased at Circle K at 2151 SW 36th Street. That store also didn’t make the list, the data showed.

Most of San Antonio’s biggest lottery winners chose to stay anonymous last year.

The Texas Lottery, a government-operated agency, generates billions of dollars in revenue for the Lone Star State. In Fiscal Year 2018, the commission had a record transfer of $1.432 billion to the Foundation School Fund.

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About the Authors:
Fares Sabawi

Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for three years. He has covered several topics, but focuses on crime, courts and record requests the most. He also has a recurring appearance on KSAT News at 9’s Trending Now segment.

Rebecca Salinas

Rebecca Salinas has worked as a digital journalist in San Antonio for six years. Her skills include content management, engagement and reporting.

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