CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Little West Virginia is having a big influx of lottery millionaires so far this year.
Nine Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million have been sold in West Virginia this year. The latest winner stepped forward last week. In a state with a population of 1.8 million, that equates to one winning ticket for every 200,000 residents.
According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, West Virginia leads the nation in per-capita ticket sales matching five of the six Powerball numbers.
Only four other states have sold more such tickets. Entering Saturday's drawing, New York had 18; Florida, 16; California, 13; and Pennsylvania, 10.
California is the king of grand-prize winners this year, having sold two of the four Powerball tickets matching all six numbers. The others were in Florida and Missouri.