Lottery sales at retailers ‘nearly pandemonium’
Are you dreaming about hitting it giant with the lottery?
You’re no longer on my own. Lottery retailers are seeing a torrent of sales with $1.four billion in lottery jackpot winnings up for grabs.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot used to be at a jaw-dropping report excessive of $970 million with a money possibility of $548.6 million. The subsequent drawing is Friday night time.
The Powerball jackpot continues to develop as smartly. It’s at $430 million with a money possibility of $248 million. The subsequent drawing is Saturday, Oct. 20.
The odds of matching all numbers for both lottery sport are lovely lengthy: 1 in 302,575,350 for Mega Millions and 1 in 292,201,338 for Powerball. Even so, persons are laying down their cash for an opportunity at a dream.
Some other people also are questioning if there is a ‘fortunate position’ to shop for lottery tickets. Representatives of each the Ohio and Kentucky Lottery commissions say no.
“Retailers that sell the most winners do so primarily thanks to volume and not luck,” emphasised Chip Polston of the Kentucky lottery.
A unfastened app referred to as Lottery Places permits other folks in any state to find lottery retailers close to them or close to any vacation spot they make a choice. It is to be had for iPhone, Android, and Windows.
One high-volume lottery store is Deters and Daughters Liquors in Covington, Kentucky. They promote a large number of tickets, Polston stated.
Deters and Daughters is 18th in lottery sales in Kentucky, in step with Jennifer Deters of Deters and Daughters. And presently price tag sales are particularly excessive.
“It’s almost pandemonium,” she stated. Ticket sales are at least thrice the standard tempo.
Some imagine the shop to be a fortunate position to shop for lottery tickets with many winners offered, Deters stated. The closing two giant winners had been greater than $200,000, she stated. They’ve additionally offered a $100,000 Mega Millions winner.
When the jackpot is huge, other folks most commonly are available and purchase quick-pick tickets as a substitute of settling on their very own numbers, she stated.
Jamie Maggard stated he thinks other folks win as continuously with quick-picks as they do with their very own numbers. Maggard works at the Dixie Delicatessen in Fairfield. His father, Harold Maggard, owns the industry.
The Dixie Delicatessen additionally has a name for being a fortunate position to shop for tickets. Over the years they have offered “some nice winners,” Maggard stated.
“We just never sold the big jackpot,” he stated. “We’ve sold a couple half-million dollar winners.”
They’ve additionally offered quite a lot of “oh, so close, I just needed one more digit,” tickets, Maggard stated.
Sales are these days brisk, simply 8 to 10 instances extra persons are coming in to shop for Mega Millions and Powerball tickets, he stated.
When the jackpot will get giant, you notice extra of what Maggard referred to as informal avid gamers. These are individuals who may no longer play when the jackpot is a trifling $40 million. Maggard counts himself on this team. He’s hoping to hit it giant with the Mega Millions.
“I’ve got $5 in a pool,” he stated.
The Dixie Delicatessen is a high-volume lottery retailer, rating within the best 1 % in Ohio with sales and is likely one of the best dealers in Butler County.
“It’s quite awesome,” Maggard stated. He attributes their reputation no longer such a lot to a name for being fortunate however to just right customer support.
“We try to cash a lot of customers’ tickets and take care of them,” he stated.