West Virginia home to plenty of Powerball winners
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lottery players are on a roll this year, with nine people winning Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million.
While five other states have had more people win $1 million or more, they are far bigger states than West Virginia, which is No. 1 per capita. West Virginia averages one Powerball ticket worth at least $1 million for about every 200,000 of its 1.8 million residents.
The odds of winning are the same anywhere Powerball is played. So far this year, there have been 161 Powerball tickets nationwide that have matched the first five numbers in the six-number game, winning $1 million.
New York has had 19 of those winners, Florida has had 17, California had 13 and Pennsylvania and Texas each have had 10 this year.