Utahns winning big in Idaho's lottery

adutton@idahostatesman.comAugust 24, 2013 

The latest $448 million Powerball jackpot showered money on people in New Jersey and Minnesota, but nobody from Idaho won.

Still, Idahoans have raked in their share of Powerball prizes — more than $27 million since 2007, to be exact. That's according to data from the Idaho State Lottery Commission for winning tickets of $1,000 or more, between March 2007 and this month.

What's the winningest place in Idaho?

Malad City sells the most winning tickets per capita. By far. Malad's not really blessed by lady luck, though. It's just playing the numbers. Malad is right over the border from Utah, whose residents plunk down $1 of every $5 spent on Idaho lottery tickets.

Which county wins the best prizes?

It's not Malad City's home county of Oneida. If you're looking for the best average prize per winning ticket, head north. Kootenai County players who passed the $1,000-prize mark scooped up an average win of $626,466 during the past six years. Blame (or envy) a Rathdrum resident who claimed a $120 million prize for skewing those stats.

Click around this map to see each county's average:

So, about those Utahns ...

Idaho's neighbors to the south contribute millions to Idaho's lottery revenues. They also contribute an interesting dynamic to Idaho lottery stats, winning more money per ticket than Idahoans do:

 

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