Do Sweepstakes Prefer Winners from Certain States?It's true that some states appear on winners' lists more often than others, but the reason has more to do with odds than with state-based discrimination in sweepstakes. According to this list of US Populations by State from About.com's Guide to Geography, California, New York, and Florida rank number one, two, and four in population, respectively. West Virginia is only ranked number 37.
The more people in a state, the higher the likelihood that some of those people are entering sweepstakes, and the more winners will come from that state. Another state that often appears in winner's list is Texas, the state ranked third in terms of population, which is a Southern state.
Another Factor That Causes Some States to Produce More Sweepstakes WinnersPopulation is one factor that can influence the odds of winners coming from a particular state. But if you're talking about online sweepstakes, another important factor is internet penetration.
Internet penetration refers to the percentage of households that have internet access in each state. In some states, the majority of people can access the internet from their homes. But according to this internet penetration report from ImpactLab, West Virginia has the second-lowest percentage of households with internet access in the United States, with only 49.1 percent in 2007. There are several other Southern states on the list of the 10 states with the lowest internet penetration, including Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and more. If you don't have internet access at home, you're less likely to enter online sweepstakes.