California and New York tend to have a lot of winners because they have such large populations compared to the rest of the nation. CA is home to over 37 million people, almost 12% of the entire United States. Over 25 million people live in Texas (about 8% of the nation) and almost 20 million people live in NY (about 6.2%). In comparison, your home state of Louisiana has only about 4.5 million people, which is about 1.45% of the total American population.
In other words, they have more winners because they have more players.