Do Missouri Tickets Have A Better Shot At Winning The Powerball?

Nov 28, 2012

Yes, the Powerball is getting high - very high - $550 million. And NPR says your chances of being killed by a vending machine are higher than your chances of winning.

But could buying a ticket in the "Show-Me" state give you a leg up? 

If you believe that a state's track record of winning tickets has something to do with it, then maybe - though the odds, in fact, favor no one.

KSMU's Samuel Crowe reports that Missouri has the second-most number of Powerball winners just behind Indiana:

Susan Goedde with the Missouri Lottery Commission says she’s noticed [a] boom in ticket sales, too.

“To put it in perspective, an average week of Powerball sales in Missouri is 1.8 million [tickets].  Sales on Monday alone were 1.3 million, and Sunday and Monday together were well over 2 million,” Goedde said.

Goedde says the Missouri Lottery Commission anticipates selling 5 million tickets for this drawing. Though the odds play in nobody’s favor in the Powerball, she says Missourians might have a better shot than others around the country.

How many Missourians have won a Powerball jackpot? 26, Goedde says.

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