According to a new study, New Jersey is one of the luckiest states to live in! Some states’ residents are more likely to win the lottery, live longer lives and have fewer accidents. On the other hand, in some unlucky states people are dying from extreme weather and having trouble holding down a job. A new study from Zippia analyzed the numbers to find out that certain states and regions are just more lucky than others. And here’s the good news – out of the country’s luckiest states, NJ came in #2 on the list!

Whether it’s the luck of the Irish (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day) or just plain dumb luck, the Garden State is a great place to live in terms of fewer accidents, more job security and even (if you’re really lucky) winning lottery tickets. The study said NJ had “a disproportionately high number of lotto winners, strong wages and low accident risks.” Sounds good to us!

Check out the list of the top ten luckiest states:

  1. Minnesota
  2. New Jersey
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New York
  6. Utah
  7. Washington
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Connecticut
  10. Hawaii

According to Zippia, the luckiest states were determined by six factors including:

  • Lotto winners
  • Median Income
  • Low unemployment
  • Average life expectancy
  • Weather fatalities
  • Car Accident Deaths Per 100k residents

The idea of luck was broken down into two broad categories: Health and finances.

“For finances, we started by looking at the obvious, lottery winnings,” said the study authors. “It’s hard to get luckier than random numbers and a couple of bucks making you a millionaire. For this, we combined the number of Powerball and Jackpot wins in each state. The more winners, the luckier state. Not all state have lotteries (unlucky them), so states without received the lowest rank.”

Speaking of the lowest ranked states, things weren’t looking up for the south in terms of luck.

The unluckiest states were:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Tennessee
  5. New Mexico
  6. Arkansas
  7. Louisiana
  8. Kentucky
  9. Nevada
  10. South Carolina

But those from the south should not despair. As Bruce Springsteen says, “When it comes to luck, make your own.” No wonder such great advice came from a Jersey guy!