Kristen Koeller Dataset

One dataset that looked particularly interesting to me was a dataset about the lottery. As we all know, the Powerball was a record breaking $1.5 billion this past January and everyone and their brother bought a ticket in hopes of winning. Below are three story ideas I would use to articulate a well-developed story based on the following data.

http://www.lottoreport.com/PBSalesbystate.htm

  1. Which state has the highest amount of tickets sold? Based on the numbers listed in the dataset it would be easy to identify which state sold the most tickets. However, there is a disclaimer at the bottom saying “I offer no warranty as to the accuracy of any of my presented information.” Any good journalist checks and double-checks his or her information.
  2. Which state did the winning ticket come from and how does that compare to the total number of tickets sold? It would be interesting to find the odds of winning the lottery and how it compares to everyday events- for instance, the New York Times reported that “The odds of being struck by lightning this year are one in 1.19 million, making it about 246 times as likely as winning the Powerball jackpot.”
  3. What is the average income of the state with the most sold tickets? It would be interesting to look at the wealth of the state with the most sold Powerball tickets to see if it had an affect on the number of tickets sold.