Special Report

America’s Luckiest -- and Unluckiest -- States

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50. Mississippi
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: N/A
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,216.30 per 100,000 people (3rd highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 21.61 per 100,000 people (2nd highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 74.6 years (2nd lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 6.1% (17th highest)

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49. Alabama
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: N/A
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,046.42 per 100,000 people (10th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 18.97 per 100,000 people (5th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.1 years (3rd lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 3.4% (7th lowest)

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48. Oklahoma
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $80.54 (4th lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,142.44 per 100,000 people (6th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 16.17 per 100,000 people (10th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.6 years (7th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 4.0% (13th lowest)

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47. New Mexico
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $88.50 (5th lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,304.64 per 100,000 people (2nd highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 20.22 per 100,000 people (3rd highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 77.2 years (14th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 8.0% (2nd highest)

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46. Louisiana
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $147.02 (11th lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,075.61 per 100,000 people (8th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 15.64 per 100,000 people (11th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.6 years (6th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 7.1% (9th highest)

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