Has Does PA Rank as a Lucky Lottery State?

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

All you need is two dollars and a dream.

Every day, millions of Americans use some extra cash and hope their numbers hit for that dream of a lifetime.

With National Lottery Day coming on July 17, we decided to take a break from covering sports betting and PA online casinos to look at the states that have had the most luck winning the Powerball.

PennStakes.com – your source for PA betting sites - utilized Powerball.com’s Media Center to gather the 10 states that have the most residents to win the lottery. 
Just $2 per play, Powerball is contested when you select five numbers between 1 and 69, then select one number between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball. You may choose your own numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers for you.

Here is what we found out:

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Luckiest Lottery States

RankStateAmount of Powerball Winners
T-10New York12


PA Players Fairly Lucky

The Keystone State and Wisconsin tied for fourth on the list with 19 total Powerball winners.

The top three: Indiana (39), Missouri (31) and Minnesota.

It's been more than five years since the last Powerball winner came out of the state. In March 2018, a whopping $456.7 million jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Lancaster County.

Powerball drawing days are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET, with the sale of tickets for each drawing ending an hour earlier at 9:59 p.m.

According to Pennsylvania Lottery’s website, a bonus of $100,000 is rewarded for selling a winning ticket worth $10,000,001 or more. The bonus is paid to the retailer that sells the winning ticket, not the retailer that redeems the winning ticket.

For the month of May, the Pennsylvania Lottery Bureau reported more than $13.77 million dollars for the month, with year-to-date sales exceeding $296.37 million.

For stories of gambling interest and the best PA online casino bonuses, keep a close eye on PennStakes.com.


Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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