Congratulations to the new Powerball Jackpot winner, but what about the Tennesseans? Over the past 10 years, 2003-2013, there was only one Powerball Jackpot winner who was from Tennessee. The Hubbard Family won the Powerball Jackpot in 2004. If you take a look at the Powerball winner’s stories, you will notice that over the past five or more years, the winners were of states that are from the upper east coast of the United States. Florida and California were included as well. I wrote down these winning states, looked at the United States map and it clearly show that these states touch a body of water. Here is a list from 2010 to now; New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana, Louisiana, and West Virginia. There are a handful of winners such as Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, and Kentucky that does not touch a body of water, but what about Tennessee? Most of these winners have purchased Quick Picks and won. Most of them “did not” create five numbers and the Powerball number and won. I have read an article, on the day of Nov. 29, 2012, that states, “the Tennessee Lottery has now seen 98 winning tickets of $1 million or more from all its games since inception of the lottery in 2004” (WKRN-TV, 2012). Is that it? I also have noticed that most of the $1M secondary prize winners are from larger cities in Tennessee, such as Nashville, Brentwood, Clarksville, Memphis, and Chattanooga, so that makes my mind wonder, “What about someone like me?” I live in a small town called Paris, TN. I have low income, with four children, babysit during the day, and play the Powerball faithfully. I not only play the Powerball, but Mega Million and Tennessee Cash as well. So with that said, are we Tennesseans exempt from winning the Powerball Jackpot? Are we Tennesseans, who lives in small towns, are exempt from winning at least the $1M secondary prize? Thousands of Tennesseans purchase several Quick Picks, twice a week, and basically wasting money. Hundreds of Parisians spend money in hopes to win as well. I play for fun, first of all, but also play so I can have a chance to win and get my family out of this HUD apartment. I play so I can create jobs, so I can use the money to fulfill my ideas, pay off my student loans, and to rescue my family and loved ones from recession. So, with statistics available, should someone like me quit playing? Will there ever be a chance for the Tennesseans? Is the Quick Picks rigged for the east coast? What can we do, besides wasting our money, in hopes of winning? All I want is a greater chance for the Tennesseans!
A Concerned Tennessean,
WKRN-TV. (2012, November 29). Tennessee sees 2 $1M Powerball wins. Retrieved 2012, from WKRN-TV Nashville: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.infopls.com/images/states_imgmap.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.infoplease.com/states.html&h=330&w=480&sz=26&tbnid=_pZeCfUo832nyM:&tbnh=84&tbnw=122&zoom=1&usg=__UlKbU4zyHENrjCZP4wQ0i5mYJx8=&docid=Ymo9yIr4LDr4YM&hl=en