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September 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Why Washingtonians don’t win Powerball

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powerballBought a Powerball ticket yet?

With the jackpot now up to a staggering $400 million, folks around the nation are lining up at convenience stores for their chance to guess the winning numbers.

But maybe you’re less excited about it. The odds of winning are astronomically low. And come to think of it, doesn’t it seem like we never have any Powerball jackpot winners from around here?

It seems that way for a reason: It’s true.

Since Washington began participating in the Powerball lottery in January 2010, there have been 57 jackpot winners in 26 states. Florida alone has had six winners. Iowa, half the population of Washington, has had three. And even little Rhode Island can boast of two jackpot winners.

As for Washington — not one winner so far.

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