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October 21, 2018

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Hi, Brian. In general, lottery sales and lottery winnings follow the population patterns. So, there will be more tickets purchased and therefore more prizes won in cities with bigger populations. It doesn't mean that people there are luckier -- it simply means that more tickets are being purchased there because more people live there. And because more tickets were purchased there, more prizes will be won there. The odds of winning are the same for every ticket sold, however. And if you look at our biggest winners in Iowa from this weekend's drawings, those winning tickets were purchased in four different areas of the state: Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Nashua and Marion. Nashua only has a population of about 1,600, so we had winners in communities of several different sizes here in Iowa.

If these numbers are truly random why does it always seems only higher populated areas have big prize winners?

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