Seattle Favored in Super Bowl XL - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

DETROIT, Michigan – The countdown to Super Bowl XL is onand betting is hotter than ever. A total of 30 states are now betting on theSeahawks to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, compared to 20 for theSteelers. Despite trailing in the electorate, Pittsburgh still leads thepopular vote with 50.5% of total money nationally wagered on the surgingSteelers squad.

As of last Tuesday, 26 states were betting on the favored Steelers, butthe tide of support has since turned and now only 20 states are betting onPittsburgh. The road to Detroit has seen a number of seismic shifts in thebetting trends from key battleground states. While the three most populousstates, California, New York and Texas, continue to favor the Steelers, thekey states of Michigan, North Carolina and Georgia have had a change of heartand are now betting heavily on the Seahawks. Maryland and Ohio have bothswitched to the Steelers.

Not surprisingly, 82% of Pennsylvanians are banking on the Steelers topull out the win, while 99% of Washingtonians are betting on the Seahawks.Pittsburgh's percentage of the popular vote has also dropped 6.5% from 57% to50.5%.

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