Special Report

America’s Luckiest -- and Unluckiest -- States

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45. Wyoming
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $67.91 (2nd lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,149.01 per 100,000 people (5th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 25.40 per 100,000 people (the highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 78.1 years (22nd lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 5.4% (22nd highest)

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44. West Virginia
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $440.21 (11th highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,482.19 per 100,000 people (the highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 14.51 per 100,000 people (13th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 74.4 years (the lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 5.5% (21st highest)

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43. Arkansas
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $222.31 (16th lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 996.88 per 100,000 people (17th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 16.73 per 100,000 people (7th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.6 years (8th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 4.4% (18th lowest)

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42. Nevada
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: N/A
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 763.66 per 100,000 people (13th lowest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 9.87 per 100,000 people (21st lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 years (18th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 7.8% (5th highest)

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41. Missouri
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $295.39 (21st highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,044.62 per 100,000 people (11th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 14.34 per 100,000 people (14th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 76.6 years (10th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 4.2% (17th lowest)

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