Number of Lottery Jackpot Winners in Oklahoma Ranks Among Top in the Nation
State Ranked #1 in Hot Lotto and #5 in Powerball
Oklahoma City (Dec. 8, 2009) – Are Oklahomans luckier than residents of other states? According to the statistics, we seem to be. In Hot Lotto, the Oklahoma Lottery is number one in the nation with an overall frequency of 1.6 jackpot winners per year in the nearly two years we have offered the game. In Powerball, the Lottery ranks fifth of 33 lotteries with an overall frequency of one jackpot winner per year in the nearly four years since the game started in Oklahoma.
“As a young lottery—only four years old—our rate of jackpot winners is astounding,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “You never know who’s going to win but we’ve been fortunate to have a number of Oklahomans experience the excitement of a big ticket prize.”
Oklahoma launched Powerball on January 12, 2006, and Hot Lotto on January 5, 2008. In both games, Oklahoma’s frequency of jackpot winners has been remarkable as it surpasses those states that have had the games for a greater number of years.
“Many participating states have played Powerball for 10 to 15 years and only had one winner,” said Scroggins. “It’s this kind of a mystery that makes the games more thrilling to play because the winner could be you—but you can’t win if you don’t play.”
Today the Oklahoma Lottery is still searching for the owners of two big Powerball tickets. A winning Powerball ticket was sold in Kiowa worth $32.8M while another winning Powerball ticket worth $1M was sold in Enid. There is also a $6.8M Hot Lotto ticket from Norman, which has not been claimed.
Winners have 180 days from the day of the drawing to claim their prize at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, located at 3817 N. Santa Fe in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit www.lottery.ok.gov.
States with High Numbers of Jackpot Winners(pdf)
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $300 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to the higher education capital bond issue and funds directed to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.