Hi everyone,

Not all states are equally as lucky. In fact, there are states where lottery tickets are more likely to be winners, people live longer lives, and inexplicably have less accidents. And then there are states where deaths from extreme weather are bizarrely high and even holding a job is hard. To find the states with the best fortune, we analyzed all the numbers above (and then some.) Turns out, not only are certain states less lucky, but so are certain regions of the country.

Feeling lucky? Or maybe not so lucky?

It’s no denying that some people seem far luckier than others. You know who I’m talking about, the kind of person who seems to stumble into big promotions and always wins the office raffle.

It got us thinking, are some places luckier than others? Are there even whole states where lotto tickets are more likely to be winners, people live longer lives, and inexplicably have less accidents?

To answer this question, and in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we ran the numbers to find the luckiest states in the whole country.

Take care,

Kristy Crane
Public Relations

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Luckiest States

  1. Minnesota
  2. New Jersey
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New York
  6. Utah
  7. Washington
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Connecticut
  10. Hawaii

The luckiest state is Minnesota. Keep reading to see what makes Minnesota (And the other states in the top 10!) so lucky, or scroll to the bottom to see where your state landed.


We examined 6 factors to find the luckiest states

  • Lotto winners
  • Median Income
  • Low unemployment
  • Average life expectancy
  • Weather fatalities
  • Car Accident Deaths Per 100k

We decided luck could be broken down into two broad categories: Health and finances.

For finances, we started by looking at the obvious, lottery winnings. It’s hard to get luckier than random numbers and a couple of bucks making you a millionaire. For this, we combined the number of Powerball and Jackpot wins in each state. The more winners, the luckier state. Not all state have lotteries (unlucky them), so states without received the lowest rank.

I thought with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, this might be a fun story for your audience.

Another fun piece for St. Patrick’s Day:


St. Patrick’s Day is approaching.

For some that means parades, corned beef, and avoiding being pinched. However, for others it’s more than just a fun holiday– It’s a day to honor their heritage.

While 4.9 million people call Ireland home, 32 million Americans identify as Irish. That’s right, America is home to more Irish Americans than Ireland is home to Irish. However, some states are far more Irish than others.

To find the states where St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just a day on the calendar but a true event, we found the states where the most residents are of Irish descent.

The results? The Northeast is kelly green.

Most Irish States

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Vermont
  5. Maine
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Montana
  10. New Jersey

Massachusetts, formerly the most Irish states, has fallen to 2nd place. Scroll to the bottom to see where your state landed, or keep reading to see just how Irish the most-Irish states are.


To find the most Irish states, we turned to US Census Ancestry data.

From there, we simply divided the total number of residents with Irish ancestry by total number of residents. The higher percent of Irish residents, the more Irish the state.


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