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LIST: The luckiest places to buy your lottery ticket in the Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The odds to win the Powerball Lottery are 1 in 292,201,338.00.

Wouldn’t you want to give yourself the best chance of winning the big bucks?

We have compiled a list of the luckiest locations in the Bay Area to try and win that money:

Santa Clara County

Ernie’s Liquors
2808 S White Rd. San Jose, CA 95148
This store sold the biggest lottery prize won in California at $522M for the Mega Millions. Here’s ABC7’s story from the big win in San Jose.

7-Eleven
4270 Senter Rd. San Jose, CA 9511
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2

Hana’s Bottle Shop
3149 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
This store sold tickets with hundreds of dollars in wins in the first few months of 2018 alone.

JP Liquors
996 Loraine Ave. Los Altos, CA 94022
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2

Checking out the luckiest places in the South Bay to buy lottery tickets at! I’ll be sure to grab a couple bucks worth at each spot! Where do you buy your lucky tickets? pic.twitter.com/qz2y60dTJA

Santa Cruz County

U Save Liquor
930 Almar Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
The store says they have sold more than $25,000,000 in winning tickets over the years.

Contra Costa County

Delta Pure Water
41 Sand Creek Rd. #A, Brentwood, CA 94513
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2

San Mateo County

Quick Mart
2480 Skyline Blvd. Pacifica, CA 94044
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
$11 million ticket sold in 2018.

Crystal Springs Wine & Spirits
740 Polhemus Rd. San Mateo, CA 94402
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
The two jackpot tickets totaled at $22,180,000 and $17,340,000.

Liquor City
1230 Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo, CA 94403
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2

San Francisco County

19th Ave Liquor
1800 19th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94122

All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
The combined jackpots add up to more than $20 million.

Miraloma Market
755 Portola Dr. San Francisco, CA 94127
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
This store has sold a $15M and $22M ticket.

Alameda County

Kwik Stop
3157 Walnut Ave. Fremont, CA 94536
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2
This store sold a $52 million ticket in 2012. The winner took a month to realize he won. Don’t forget to check your ticket!

7-Eleven
1540 Solano Ave. Albany, CA 94706
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2

Lions Liquor
4100 Foothill Blvd. Oakland, CA 94601
All-time winning tickets of at least $1 million – 2

There are thousands of locations in the state of California to buy a lottery ticket. But if you want the best chances to win, you could try these historically lucky Bay Area locations.

These are Central Florida’s ‘luckiest’ lottery stores

Florida Lottery data reveals most winning retailers

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tasha Thompson believes she has the most luck buying lottery tickets at Rightway Food Store on North Orange Blossom Trail.

“This is the best store to come to because I win all the time here,” Thomson said as she purchased several scratch-off tickets. “(About two years ago), I’m not going to say how much, I won a lot (of money) off two $5 tickets. It was a lot. So this is a good store.”

Data obtained from the Florida Lottery confirms Thompson’s theory, that the 6700 N. Orange Blossom Trail store is the most winning retailer in Central Florida when it comes to large payouts.

Over a two-year period from 2017 to 2018, the Orlando store sold 130 winning tickets with large prizes of $600 or more. That total includes both scratch-off tickets and “draw” games such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Fantasy 5.

Winners who collect prizes of $600 or more must fill out a claim form indicating where the ticket was purchased.

Those claim records show the 130 winning tickets sold at Rightway Food Store generated a total of nearly $366,000 in prize money, including $100,000 netted by a single Gold Rush Doubler scratch-off ticket in August 2018.

About 1.5 million lottery tickets were sold by the retailer between 2017 and 2018, records indicate, including tickets that paid out less than $600.

Below, see the list of the top 10 businesses with the most lottery winners. If you’re viewing this on the News 6 app, click here to see the graphic.

Retailers that sell a large number of lottery tickets typically produce a large number of big winners, but there is not an exact correlation between sales and winning tickets, Florida Lottery data shows.

Although Rightway Food Store sold the most winning tickets with large prizes in Central Florida over two years, another retailer actually sold nearly 713,000 more tickets overall during that time period, records show.

That retailer, Stop N Save Store at 1096 Mason Avenue in Daytona Beach, sold 112 winning tickets with prizes of $600 or more, records show.

“Around here we’re known as the luckiest store,” said employee Alvin Cherian. “We have a loyal base of customers, plus we also have customers who come all the way from Jacksonville and from Titusville.”

More than $1 million in prize money was won by customers of Stop N Save Store over two years, records show, including one scratch-off ticket worth $500,000 and another that paid out $250,000.

See the total prizes by store and county below. If you’re viewing this on the News 6 app, click here to see the graphic.

Click on the dots in the map below to see how many winning lottery tickets were sold. Viewing this on the News 6 app? Click here to see the graphic.

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About the Author:
Mike DeForest

Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Mike DeForest has been covering Central Florida news for more than 15 years. Mike joined News 6 just as Florida officials began counting hanging chads in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election. Since then, he has covered some of the biggest news events in Central Florida.

Data obtained from the Florida Lottery confirms Rightway Food Store is the most winning retailer in Central Florida when it comes to large payouts. ]]>