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Oklahoma ranks near top for lottery winners

Dec 11, 2009, 10:21 am

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Top 5 for Hot Lotto, Powerball winners

OKLAHOMA CITY — Are Oklahomans luckier than residents of other states?  According to the statistics, they seem to be.

In Hot Lotto, the Oklahoma Lottery is No. 1 in the nation with an overall frequency of 1.6 jackpot winners per year in the nearly two years the state has ofered the game.

In Powerball, the Lottery ranks fifth of 33 lotteries with an overall frequency of one jackpot winner per year in the nearly four years since the game started in Oklahoma.

"As a young lottery — only four years old — our rate of jackpot winners is astounding," Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery said. "You never know who's going to win but we've been fortunate to have a number of Oklahomans experience the excitement of a big ticket prize."

Oklahoma launched Powerball in January of 2006 and Hot Lotto in January 2008.

In both games, Oklahoma's frequency of jackpot winners has been remarkable as it surpassed those states that have had the games for a greater number of years.

"Many participating states have played Powerball for 10 to 15 years and only had one winner," Scroggins said. "It's this kind of a mystery that makes the games more thrilling to play because the winner could be you-but you can't win if you don't play."

Today the Oklahoma Lottery is still searching for the owners of two big Powerball tickets.

A winning Powerball ticket was sold in Kiowa worth $32.8 million while another winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Enid.

There is also a $6.8 million Hot Lotto ticket from Norman, which has not been claimed.



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3 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by KY Floyd.
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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
United States
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Posted: December 12, 2009, 1:18 am - IP Logged

I've thought about buying tickets in OK but I'm usually dodging a dadgum tornado when I go through there. I usually got the hammer down all the way across the state and across the Texas panhandle til I get to Tucumcari, New Mexico or so. Next time though I might stop and get a Hot Lotto ticket and a Powerball too. I just hope it's not a ploy, you know, like the whole state is like The Children Of The Corn and the Lottery Director is He Who Walks Behind The Rows.







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    Santa Ana
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    Posted: December 13, 2009, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

    Where is sure isn't the heck in CA!!! Especially Southern California, i.e Orange County!!!

      KY Floyd's avatar - lysol avatar.jpg
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      Posted: December 14, 2009, 2:37 am - IP Logged

      According to statistics, the average American has one testicle, and this story is based on a use of statistics that isn't much better. They've apparently had 3 Hot Lotto winners and 4 PB winners. That may be well ahead of what probability would suggest, but it's a very short term result. There have been 50 PB jackpot winners in the past 4 years. That's not nearly enough to use statistics to come up with anything reliable about real trends.