Looking for a good place to gamble? You may want to consult the folks at Men’s Health. While in the past, they’ve covered everything from alcoholism, obesity, education, and anger management, this month the popular men’s magazine lists America’s luckiest (and unluckiest) cities.
To evaluate a city’s luck (or lack thereof) the editors at Men’s Health looked at four things – the most winners of Powerball, Mega Millions, and Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes; most hole-in-ones (PGA); fewest lightning strikes and deaths from falling objects (Vaisala Inc., National Climatic Data Center, CDC); and least money lost on lottery tickets and race betting (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The results?
The nation’s luckiest locales are sprawled across the U.S. with San Diego, CA; Baltimore, MD; and Phoenix, AZ named the luckiest cities in the land.
“San Diego’s multiple jackpot winners, its low lightning strike count, and its low number of lightning-related injuries and deaths helped push it to the top,” said David Zinczenko, editor in chief of Men’s Health magazine.
The seven lucky cities rounding out the top ten include Wilmington, DE; Richmond, VA; San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Philadelphia, PA; Louisville, KY; and Reno, NV.
Of course, not all American cities are so fortunate. Florida’s nickname might “The Sunshine State,” but life there isn’t always bright and cheerful. Miami, St. Petersburg, and Tampa all made it onto Men’s Health “Least Lucky” city list, along with Fargo,ND; Bridgeport, CT; Billings, MT; Sioux Falls, SD; Memphis, TN; Jackson, MS; and Charleston; WV.
Visit Men’s Health to see the full list. How does your hometown rank?