Since its beginning in 1996, Mega Millions has expanded to 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, totaling to 47 jurisdictions. Unfortunately, the jackpot is not available in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and Puerto Rico. Additionally, foreigners and non-residents of the United States can play and win the Mega Millions jackpot, but you must physically be in one of the available jurisdictions to purchase your ticket.

While the Mega Millions lottery draw winner is completely random, these 3 coastal states rack up the most wins in Mega Millions Jackpot history.

Which states have won Mega Millions the most

Coming in first place is New York with an impressive 43 winning Mega Million tickets. New York’s most recent winning ticket was drawn on April 18th, 2023 for a generous $20 million jackpot. Did you know that out of the 213 jackpots won in the history of Mega Millions, all 3 of the unclaimed tickets were sold in New York? Talk about missing out on a lot of cash!

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Do you know which states have won Mega Millions the most?

Heading to the west coast, California, takes second place for lucky numbers being drawn. America’s most populated state boasts 33 winning tickets, the most recent being in October of 2022. If you are a winner of the Mega Millions Jackpot in California, consider yourself extra lucky because California does not tax lottery winnings at a state level! This can’t be said about our first place state over on the east coast, New York.

New York’s neighbor, New Jersey, is the proud third place holder of winning Mega Millions tickets. There must be a lot of luck in that area! Being America’s most densely populated state with 1,300 people per square mile, there is a lot of potential to bring home the winning ticket. To this date, New Jersey has had 22 winning Mega Millions tickets.

Which states have won Mega Millions the least

California’s neighbor, Oregon has not been so successful in Mega Million wins. With zero wins to this date, they are far behind California. Oregon is also the 4th state with the highest tax withholdings on substantial lottery prizes (8%).

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico,North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming are the other localities that have not been able to brag about a Mega Millions jackpot win.

Next time you find yourself in New York, California, or New Jersey, maybe it’s worth playing the lottery! You could be the winner of the next Mega Millions jackpot.

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