Special Report

America’s Luckiest -- and Unluckiest -- States

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40. Kentucky
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $306.57 (19th highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,183.64 per 100,000 people (4th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 16.38 per 100,000 people (9th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.3 years (4th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 4.5% (19th lowest)

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39. South Dakota
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $266.01 (19th lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 991.46 per 100,000 people (18th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 11.53 per 100,000 people (24th lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 78.9 years (22nd highest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 2.8% (5th lowest)

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38. Ohio
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $344.23 (14th highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 972.39 per 100,000 people (20th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 9.86 per 100,000 people (20th lowest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 76.8 years (11th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 5.0% (25th highest)

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37. Montana
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $75.84 (3rd lowest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,116.98 per 100,000 people (7th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 17.22 per 100,000 people (6th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years (24th highest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 3.6% (9th lowest)

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36. Tennessee
> Lottery winnings per adult in 2019: $289.20 (22nd highest)
> Deaths from accidents in 2018: 1,067.08 per 100,000 people (9th highest)
> Traffic fatalities in 2019: 16.62 per 100,000 people (8th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.5 years (5th lowest)
> May 2021 unemployment rate: 5.0% (25th lowest)

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