Some New York stores that sell lottery games appear to be luckier than others, a review by Gannett’s Albany Bureau found.
Forty-seven stores outside New York City and Long Island had five or more winners who cashed in $5,000 or more between 2009 and 2011. The luckiest was Memorial Stationery, in a strip mall in Mount Vernon, Westchester County. It had 16 winners of more than $5,000 between 2009 and 2011, Gannett’s review found.
— The second-most winners outside New York City and Long Island were at the Wegmans supermarket in Chili, just outside Rochester. It had 10 winners since 2009 — including a $1 million “Win For Life” instant game winner in May 2011 and a $260,659 Lotto winner in 2010.
— New York has had a good stretch of major jackpots in recent years: 14 winners of the multistate Powerball or Mega Millions lotteries since 2009 for a whopping total of $1.6 billion in prize money. Gannett reviewed data from the state Lottery Division that was obtained through a Freedom of Information request.
— Since 2009, the largest jackpot in New York was $312 million won in March 2011 by a group of seven state workers in Albany. Two $200 million jackpots were hit in Suffolk County over a six-month span last year. Between December 2010 and January 2011, a couple won nearly $49 million in Saratoga County, and that was followed by a $122 million winning couple in Greene County.
— Statewide, there were 149 businesses that had more than five winners of more than $5,000 from 2009 through 2011, Gannett’s review found. That’s out of 17,000 lottery retailers in New York.