Mega Millions ticket from N.J. wins $1M

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

With Powerball jackpot at $301 million, O.C. stores cater to those hoping to strike it rich.

A wall of Scratcher tickets behind Trinh Dain at Gallop Liquor was mostly ignored Tuesday as a stream of customers lined up to buy Powerball tickets in hopes of hitting tonight’s jackpot of $301 million. The store, in a Vietnamese business plaza in Westminster, is Orange County’s top seller of lottery tickets – and No. 3 in the state – and it’s built up a reputation as a place to strike it rich.

While the odds of winning the national Powerball are the same regardless of where one purchases the $2 ticket – roughly 1 in 167 million – experts say word gets around quickly about retailers with past winners. That buzz, in turn, boosts that store’s ticket sales and, with that, the store’s chances of churning out another winner, said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the California Lottery. “People are very superstitious … Turns out $300 million is something of a magic number in the lottery world, a tipping point at which non-regulars will reach into their pockets and dish out a couple bucks. “They look at $300 million and say, ‘Oh my God, we should get an office pool together and everyone throw in $5 and take our chances,’” Traverso said.

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