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Top 10 states for lottery jackpots

Pennsylvania and New Jersey have won 36 top prizes in Powerball and Mega Millions.

Top 10 states for lottery jackpots

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 Arizona Lottery Director of Budget, Products and Communications Karen Bach, left, and Arizona Lottery Executive Director Jeff Hatch-Miller stand next to an enlargement of the winning $587.5 Million Powerball ticket, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 during a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Lottery held the news conference to announce that the Arizona Lottery Powerball jackpot winning ticket has been claimed by an unidentified Arizona man. The $587.5 million jackpot is the largest in Powerball history and will be shared by co-winners Mark and Cindy Hill from Missouri. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Lottery Director of Budget, Products and Communications Karen Bach, left, and Arizona Lottery Executive Director Jeff Hatch-Miller stand next to an enlargement of the winning $587.5 Million Powerball ticket, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 during a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Lottery held the news conference to announce that the Arizona Lottery Powerball jackpot winning ticket has been claimed by an unidentified Arizona man. The $587.5 million jackpot is the largest in Powerball history and will be shared by co-winners Mark and Cindy Hill from Missouri. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Florida has won more Powerball jackpots than any state? That's what a quote in a news story said after a ticket sold in Zephyrville, Fla., hit Powerball's $590.5 million jackpot in Saturday night's drawing.

Sorry, Florida. Not even close. Indiana is No. 1 in Powerball with 19 jackpots, followed by 16 for Pennsylvania. Florida? Six. Actually, that's impressive, since Florida joined Powerball just in 2009.

New York, California and New Jersey have had the most major winners, mostly in Mega Millions.

Here are the Top 10 states in total jackpots for Powerball and Mega Millions, including the latest drawings, according to Powerball.US and Mega-Millions.US.

1. New York, 31 jackpots (27 Mega Millions, 4 Powerball), $2.58 billion total jackpots (No. 1 for money).
2. California, 24 jackpots (all Mega Millions), $2.06 billion (4).
3 (tie). New Jersey, 20 jackpots (17 Mega Millions, 3 Powerball), $2.13 billion (2).
3 (tie). Indiana, 20 jackpots (1 Mega Millions, 19 Powerball),  $1.68 billion (5).
5. Ohio, 19 jackpots (17 Mega Millions, 2 Powerball), $2.1 billion (3).
6. Georgia, 17 jackpots (14 Mega Millions, 3 Powerball), $1.52 billion (6).
7 (tie). Pennsylvania, 16 jackpots (all Powerball), $1.32 billion (9).
7 (tie). Michigan, 16 jackpots (14 Mega Millions, 2 Powerball), $1.36 billion (8)
9. Missouri, 15 jackpots (all Powerball), $1.49 billion (7).
10. Minnesota, 13 jackpots (all Powerball), $1.1 billion (11).

Florida had only a half-dozen jackpots, but they were worth $1.15 billion, good enough for No. 10 in total jackpot money.

Delaware has won 5 Powerball jackpots worth $442 million.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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