Conventional wisdom posits that luck is a matter of chance; some people have it and others don’t. We all know that person who always wins the contest, always seems to be at the right place at the right time, and always gets the most amazing opportunities. But could it be more than chance? Could they actually be creating their luck?
Luck is generally thought to be an external force–sometimes we’re lucky and sometimes we’re not–but it’s possible to make your own luck. To a very large extent, lucky and unlucky people are responsible for much of the good and bad fortune they encounter.
So, if some people are luckier than others are some places luckier than others, too? Is it possible that there are states where people are more likely to be lottery winners, have fewer car accidents, or live longer lives than others? It turns out that Minnesota is the luckiest state in the country according to those criteria. Minnesotans have an impressive life expectancy of 81, lucky years. This is helped by generally good job opportunities and a smaller than average chance of death by car accident or extreme weather.