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We bought enough Powerball tickets to give 4 to every single person in Florida

Between November 5 and Monday, more than $184.7 million tickets was spent on tickets in Florida for tonight's Powerball jackpot. That's enough to buy more than four tickets for each of the 19.8 million people in the state. (Most tickets are $2, though some people pay $3 for a special option called Power Play.)

Here's where the money went.

Florida Powerball ticket sales per person

Sales per Capita

Up to $3.99

$4.00 to $5.99

$6.00 to $7.99

$8.00 to $9.99

$10.00 or more

Every county in Florida has sold enough tickets to buy one for each person in the county. Sales ranged from $2.27 per person in Lafayette County to $24.45 per person in Holmes — the highest rate in the state, enough to buy 12 tickets per person.

Holmes may have gotten a boost because it borders Alabama, one of six states that don't sell Powerball tickets.

Florida Powerball ticket sale totals

Sales by County

0 to 99,999

100,000 to 499,999

500,000 to 999,999

1,000,000 to 4,999,999

5,000,000 or more

In South Florida, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties account for about one-third of the ticket sales, with $60,745,865. Miami-Dade sold $25,857,631, Broward sold $20,747,215 and Palm Beach sold $14,141,019.

Locally, the Tampa Bay region accounted for almost 15 percent of sales:

Hillsborough: No. 4 in state. $11,106,303, or $8.38 per person.

Pinellas: No. 6. $8,671,948, or $9.18 per person.

Pasco: No. 13. $4,067,984, or $8.34 per person.

Hernando: No. 27. $1,544,192, or $8.73 per person.

The seven northwest counties that border with Alabama, including Holmes, sold $11,714,131 in Powerball tickets.

What stands out to you? Tell us in the comments.

Source: The Florida Lottery, University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research

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