Study: These Are The 10 Best Oregon Cities For Playing The Lottery


The Powerball is at like a billion dollars. Science says these are the best cities in OR to buy your tickets.

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The Powerball is at like a billion dollars. Science says these are the best cities in OR to buy your tickets.

Are you feeling lucky?

Chance are, if you live in Oregon, you’ve played the Oregon Lottery at least once in your life. You may even have even considered your ‘luck’ factor when it comes to your chances for striking it rich.

But did you know that, statistically, some cities in Oregon have a greater chance of winning? Based on population numbers and winning results, some cities are ‘luckier’ than others. HomeSnacks is the first site to figure it all out, and we’ve got the winning formula below.

Hint: It’s certainly not Portland. Not even close. Read on below to see how these cities ranked, and how we compiled the math.

According to scientific data, these are the 10 luckiest cities in Oregon:

  1. Wamic
  2. Nehalem
  3. Cloverdale
  4. La Pine
  5. Milwaukie
  6. Newport
  7. Warrenton
  8. Roseburg
  9. Lebanon
  10. Prineville
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How we compiled the luckies cities in Oregon

In order to determine which cities are ‘lucky’, all we had to do was see how many winners there have been over the course of time, and weigh in a population factor.

In this case, we decided that $25,000 or more winners on scratchers or draw games in the last ten years made sense. Then, we calculated how many $25,000 winners there have been per resident in Oregon cities. And just like magic, our winners emerged.

We also gave a heavier weight to bigger wins, meaning a $1,000,000 payout is considered a lot luckier than a $25,000 payout.

If your home town isn’t in the top 10, don’t worry, you can scroll to the bottom to see where all Oregon cities ranked. And here’s a tip: Smaller towns have much better odds, statistically. There have also been an unusually high number of lucky towns on the Pacific coast.

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1. Wamic

Source: RiverRunLodge.Net

Population: 18
Winners of $25,000 or more: 3
Winners per capita: 1 in 16

Tiny Wamic (and we mean tiny) has had more than its share of luck over the last ten years. Located at the eastern base of the Mt. Hood National Forest, Wamic can claim that it is, indeed, the luckiest city in the Beaver State.

There have been three winners in the last ten years here: a $65,000 winner in 2009. a $25,000 winner in 2011 and a $77,000 winner just three months ago. And, all three were Wamic residents!

Perhaps it’s time to make the long drive down to Wamic and stand in line when the next big jackpot looms.

2. Nehalem

Source: Google Maps

Population: 212
Winners of $25,000 or more: 2
Winners per capita: 1 in 100

Nehalem is a tiny coastal community west of Portland that has had two big winners, and for a city of about 200 people, that’s a lot. In 2009, someone hit it big with a $30,000 win, and in 2014, someone won $50,000.

Both were Nehalem residents. Since people there have a 1 in 100 chance of winning a big payout, perhaps they should play the lottery a lot more.

3. Cloverdale

Source: Google Maps

Population: 337
Winners of $25,000 or more: 2
Winners per capita: 1 in 168

Cloverdale isn’t considered a city, but a census designated place. But this place, along Highway 101 southwest of Oregon, has something in the water. They’ve seen two big winners: A $40,000 ticket in 2013 and a $50,000 winner last year.

One of the winners was from out of town. Perhaps if you’re on your way down the coast, it’s worth a stop to try your luck in Cloverdale.

4. La Pine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 1,671
Winners of $25,000 or more: 6
Winners per capita: 1 in 417

La Pine is a tiny place smack dab in the middle of the Umpqua National Forest, just south of Bend. In the last ten years, there have been 6 big winners here, four of the six residents were residents of La Pine. There was just a $100,000 winner in 2012 and a $66,000 winner in 2014.

There have also been a handful of $50,000 winners here, too.

5. Milwaukee

Source: Google Maps

Population: 20,391
Winners of $25,000 or more: 31
Winners per capita: 1 in 926

Milwaukie has had a ton of big wins over the last ten years, and almost 1 in 1,000 residents here have won more than $25,000 in the last ten years. Of the 31 big wins here, 22 of them were residents of Milwaukie. Almost all the rest were Portland residents.

6. Newport

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,989
Winners of $25,000 or more: 12
Winners per capita: 1 in 998

There have been some big winners here in Newport in the last ten years. This town of less than 10,000 people has had three separate $100,000 winners total, and of the 12 ‘big’ wins this town has seen, 10 of them were residents of Newport.

Newport is a coastal town directly west of Corvallis.

7. Warrenton

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,491
Winners of $25,000 or more: 7
Winners per capita: 1 in 898

Little Warrenton, another coastal town, has a lot going for it, luck wise. This small town next door to Astoria has seen 7 big winners, five of which are locals. Many of the wins were $50,000 or less, however, there was a $100,000 winner in 2014, which, most likely, was big news in such a tiny community.

8. Roseburg

Source: Google Maps

Population: 21,254
Winners of $25,000 or more: 16
Winners per capita: 1 in 1,516

Out of the 16 big wins here in Roseburg, 14 of them were from Roseburg residents, including a $1,000,000 winner just a year ago. Roseburg is a medium sized town on Interstate 5, south of Eugene.

There have been quite a number of winners of more than $50,000 people here as well.

9. Lebanon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 15,500
Winners of $25,000 or more: 12
Winners per capita: 1 in 1,555

Lebanon has had a couple of big wins lately, including a $1.4 million winner in 2012 and a $293,000 winner in 2013 – both locals. Lebanon is a small town just east of Corvalis.

If you’re a resident of Lebanon, you have almost a 1 in 1,000 chance of winning the lottery. Those are some great odds.

10. Prineville

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,294
Winners of $25,000 or more: 4
Winners per capita: 1 in 2,325

Prineville round out the top 10, not just for the number of wins, but for the amount that was won. Three of the four big lottery wins in Prineville were from its own residents, including a $4.4 million win in 2012 and a $200,000 win in 2011.

Prineville is located just outside of Bend.

Wrapping It Up

It certainly does look like the odds are stacked in favor of some of the smaller towns in Oregon. While there have been some big winners in some of the larger towns like Portland, many of the people who purchase winning tickets there are out-of-towners, especially in Portland, which saw many of its winnings to to residents of Washington.

Additionally, there have been more than 200 cities in Oregon which haven’t seen a winning ticket of greater than $25,000, but many of them are tiny towns that might not even have a retail location.

Here’s a list of the bigger cities in Portland, and their odds of winning

  • Salem. 94th luckiest. 1 in 3,000 chance.
  • Eugene. 99th luckiest. 1 in 3,200 chance.
  • Gresham. 104th luckiest. 1 in 4,000 chance.
  • Portland. 107th luckiest. 1 in 4,500 chance.

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