Are you feeling lucky? You know, the Powerball is nearing a record high soon – it’s at $1.5 billion.
Chance are, if you live in New York, you’ve played the New York State Lottery at least once in your life. You may even have even considered your ‘luck’ factor when it comes to your chances for striking it rich.
But did you know that, statistically, some cities in New York have a greater chance of winning? Based on population numbers and winning results, some cities are ‘luckier’ than others. HomeSnacks is the first site to figure it all out, and we’ve got the winning formula below.
Hint: It’s certainly not any big cities. Not even close. Read on below to see how these cities ranked, and how we compiled the math.
According to scientific data, these are the 10 best places to play the lottery (and the 10 luckiest cities) in New York:
- New Hyde Park
- New Windsor
- Wappingers Falls
How we compiled the luckiest cities in New York
In order to determine which cities are ‘lucky’, all we had to do was see how many winners there have been over the course of time, how much was won, and weigh in a population factor.
In this case, we decided that $25,000 or more winners on scratchers or draw games in the last ten years made sense. Then, we calculated how many $25,000 winners there have been per resident in New York cities. And just like magic, our winners emerged.
If your home town isn’t in the top 10, don’t worry, you can scroll to the bottom to see where all New York cities ranked. And here’s a tip: Smaller towns have much better odds, statistically.
1. New Hyde Park
Amount won: $21,709,806
Winners of $25,000 or more: 43
The village of New Hyde Park in Nassau County on Long Island has had the 3rd most winners and the 11th highest number of payouts in the entire state of New York. Talk about lucky!
Statistically, you have a 1 in 2,125 chance of hitting a $25,000 or more payout here every year.
Perhaps it’s time to make the long drive down to New Hyde Park and stand in line when the next big jackpot looms.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 54
Amount won: $1,268,000
What’s up with this area on Long Island? Right next door to New Hyde Park is Farmingdale, which had the most big lottery winners in the entire state, period. Here, you have a 1 in 1,500 chance of winning $25,000 or more every year.
Sounds like people need to flock over the bridge whenever there’s a big payout coming.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 21
Amount won: $8,479,704
Folks in the Rochester area don’t have to drive too far to hit the hottest place in Upstate for the lottery. There has been more than $8 million handed out here in the last ten years.
Residents have a 1 in 2,500 chance of winning a pretty big chunk o’ change every year they gamble on a ticket here.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 49
Amount won: $21,895,568
Depew is also in the greater Rochester area. This small town has had the 5th most big lottery winners in the entire state of New York in the last ten years. The amount won per person here is the 11th highest in the state at $1,428.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 61
Amount won: $343,080,675
A retired principal was eating lunch at a Valero gas station in Middletown with his wife while waiting out a storm on November 4, 2014. At his wife’s insistence, he spent $10 on 10 sets of Quick Pick numbers. One of them was 09 – 15 – 24 – 39 – 41 and Mega Ball 01. That was the exact combination that hit that day. He won $326 million.
The lucky Valero gas station is at 2580 Route 302 in Middletown. It’s about a two hour drive north from downtown NYC along I-84.
The gas station got a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
6. New Windsor
Winners of $25,000 or more: 21
Amount won: $24,715,449
New Windsor has had its fair share of big winning tickets, that’s for sure. It ranks 23rd in the state with the number of $25,000 winners, and 9th in the state for amount won per resident in the city ($2,782).
New Windsor isn’t too far away from Middletown, right along the Hudson. You could probably swing by both on a lottery ticket field trip if you wanted to.
7. Wappingers Falls
Winners of $25,000 or more: 27
Amount won: $4,201,278
Wappingers Falls is just south of Poughkeepsie. They have the 2nd highest number of big winning tickets sold per person here. Every year, a resident of Wappingers Falls has a 1 in 1,198 chance of grabbing a life changing amount of money.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 22
Amount won: $5,918,627
The Village of Pelham is right outside of downtown NYC. They have the 6th most winners per capita in Pelham, and there have been nearly $6 million in winning tickets sold here since 2005.
A motivated person could just hop on a subway and make a quick jaunt up here to try and strike it rich when the pot gets high enough.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 50
Amount won: $210,105,009
In June of 2011, a group of 20 New York Costco employees purchased some tickets at a Lindenhurst Maulik & Chandni stationery store, and one of them was a $201,000 winning Powerball number.
The winning numbers were 8, 18, 38, 46 and 56, and the Powerball number was 31.
This same store also sold a $1 million winner. In fact three stores along Montauk Highway on Long Island sold huge winning tickets within a short span during this time.
Winners of $25,000 or more: 45
Amount won: $13,739,080
Westbury is also in this same general area of Long Island. It has the 9th highest number of winners, per person in the state.
Sounds like there are lots of places within a short drive of downtown that are feeling lucky. After all, ‘You Never Know.’
Wrapping It Up
It certainly does look like the odds are stacked in favor of some of the smaller towns in New York.
Additionally, there have been more than 80 cities in New York which haven’t seen a winning ticket of greater than $25,000, but many of them are tiny towns that might not even have a retail location.
Here’s a list of the bigger cities in New York, and their odds of winning:
- Buffalo: 181st luckiest. 1 in 12,000 chance.
- Syracuse: 71st luckiest. 1 in 10,000 chance.
- Rochester: 68th luckiest. 1 in 7,900 chance.
Desktop users, here is a chart with the top 100 luckiest cities in New York State: