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Dennis Elliott // Jun 17, 2013 at 5:55 am
I have seen in past lotteries that most winners come from convenience stores and places where the lottery is advertised in big displays in windows like ‘lottery sold here’!
Gail Gelep // Jun 17, 2013 at 8:47 am
I know what you’re saying about lucky stores but it seems like when I go to my Stop and Shop and buy tickets there I hardly ever win, but go elsewhere and win something even if it isn’t a huge prize. So I don’t tend to go to Stop and Shop any more.
Marcia Baran // Jul 15, 2013 at 7:18 am
I have bought $30 scratch tickets from Stop and Shop in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and 99.9% of the time I win. However, if I buy $30 scratch tickets anywhere else, I win nothing.
LG // Jul 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm
But it makes no sense for a certain shop to sell 99% winning tickets, and the ‘others’ none. It just doesn’t work like that.
How many tickets did you buy overall, and how many from other stores? What were the actual figures, i.e. tickets bought and winnings for each store?
Without that kind of proper analysis it’s very easy to let perception and superstition overtake. Or to let a very small sample size lead you to entirely the wrong conclusion.
El // Apr 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm
I’ve bought lottery tickets from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and I’ve noticed that the stores that are advertised as the “luckiest” are generally just the stores that sell the most tickets overall. For some weird reason though, I have noticed myself that there are certain stores where I feel I’m winning more often, but I think some of it could just be that they put me in a better mood since they are easier to drive to and more comfortable to sit at.
Demetrius // Jun 12, 2015 at 7:58 am
I’ve noticed here in Pennsylvania that there are more “lucky” winners in smaller towns as opposed to the big city like Philadelphia where the population is vastly greater & it’s obvious there are far more people playing. Ex. Philadelphia county has over 1.5 million people. Schuylkill county has 150,000. Yet, far more winners are from there. That’s no coincidence. That’s not luck.
LG // Jun 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm
First thing to do is maybe ask yourself why would that be the case? Why would small towns have more winners – there’s a conspiracy against the big city folk..? The small towns are working together and have worked out how to beat the system..? Doesn’t really make sense, right? 🙂
Then make sure you have all the data. Are you only going by what you remember? Because perceptions can be highly misleading. Or do you have the full history of the draw, and actual numbers of winners by area?
Finally, don’t confuse ‘non-average’ as not random. Because random (luck) can do very strange but perfectly normal things. It is possible to roll a dice and get 10 sixes in a row. If that could never happen then it would not be random.
Chump // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:50 am
Played at the local gas station for years. Won a ticket here and there. That’s it. Read an article about a mall at the border with the state above me, with a lottery ticket store that produced lots of winners because they sold tickets to both locals and our neighbors to the north. I drove up, bought a ticket… and won. Repeated the experiment a couple of times. I won 4 out of the next 7 times. I wrote the lottery commission. Next time I went up and the lottery ticket store was no longer there. A ticket dispenser stood in it’s place. No winners anymore. Tried three more times. No dice. They shut that down. Lesson? Visit the locations that sell more tickets. Now the ticket machines are popping up in place of the sales clerk generated tickets. No winners. They nipped that in the bud. Now the state government fights over where the lottery money gets spent. Back in 85 when it started it was specifically earmarked for “schools only”. They screwed that up.
E McClain // Aug 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm
Your lesson should be to keep your trap shut, you messed up your good thing. You could’ve just kept playing and winning, you have no one to blame but yourself.
LG // Aug 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm
Nothing more than luck of the draw. Lucky stores only become ‘lucky’ when they sell a big winner and start promoting that fact 🙂
You didn’t buy anywhere near enough tickets to prove what you’re saying.
Mohi // Aug 22, 2017 at 7:47 am
Exactly! Why would he write them and tell them about his winnings. Foolish.
LG // Aug 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm
Seriously people there’s no conspiracy here. It sounds like he’s playing scratch-off tickets (didn’t say). If so, scratchers are randomly placed – even the lottery company don’t know where the winners are. He won 5 out of 8 times – which is not mathematically significant in any way – sometimes you win more than average, sometimes less. That’s why it’s called an average!
Most tickets have ‘overall odds of winning something’ of between 1-in-3 and 1-in-5. And 8 tickets is too small a sample to mean anything at all.
If you want a better chance of winning with scratchers, use Scratch Smarter, it can help you win more often by telling you which are the best tickets to play based on the ratio of prizes and tickets left! That means a hell of a lot more than a ‘lucky store’ 🙂
Julie // Feb 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm
Back in January 2010 I won $22,000 on the 2×2. Exactly one month later to the day a coworker won the same. We had each gotten off work at 2:00 pm on the days we won and went next door to the gas station adjacent to where we worked and bought Quick Picks. How’s that for spooky?
Will // Sep 25, 2020 at 6:20 pm
Publix used to be the top seller of million dollar prizes. Now it seems that the little stores have been selling the most top prizes.
LG // Sep 28, 2020 at 8:09 pm
Be careful of ‘it seems’ – unless you get all the data you can’t really draw any conclusion :-).
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