Want to boost your chances of winning the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot? Try the ‘luckiest’ lottery outlet in California
This beach-town bodega has the lucky charm
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As with real estate, buying a winning lotto ticket is all about location, location, location.
Or at least it was for the winners of six jackpot tickets over a million dollars all purchased at the same spot – Allan’s Market Wine & Lotto in the small California beach town of Port Hueneme.
Allan’s tops the list of the California Lottery’s “Historical Lucky Retailers,” weighing in with a half-dozen winning million-dollar-or-more tickets under its belt. And that statistic, at least in the wacky world of lotto, ain’t chopped liver when you consider the odds of winning tonight’s Mega Millions to be one in 302 million.
To make California Lottery’s lucky list your outlet has to have sold at least two winning tickets of $1 million or more from the beginning of the Lottery in 1984 until 2013 when a redesigned Lucky Retailers program began.
So if you’re feeling frisky, head over to Port Hueneme and buy your tickets before 7:45 p.m. tonight in order to qualify for the 8 p.m. drawing for a jackpot that now stands at $1.6 billion. And if you can’t make it to Allan’s, here are seven things to know about the luckiest retailer in the Golden State:
- Just after 6 p.m. last Friday, just hours before the Mega Millions drawing, Manuel Morales Saenz II popped up on Facebook at Allan’s with Jon G. Morales “getting our billion dollar ticket!” They did not win.
- The store’s reputation for good fortune has preceded it for years now: “Never had to stand in a long line to buy a lotto til today,” Remiro Solis wrote on the store’s Facebook page in early 2016 when he was “feeling lucky at Allan’s Market Wine & Lotto;”
- Here’s a photo of a typical line outside Allan’s, posted on Facebook by Claudia Baez on March 30, 2012:
5. From January 2004 to October 2012, Allan’s produced 217 winners over $600, making it what the Venture County Star called “one of the most celebrated lottery retailers in the state;”
6. Allan’s is not to be confused to Allans Breakfast Club, a Berlin eatery that sells Ebbs Benny, Croque Monsieur and Avo Toast, each for less than 10 Euro;
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7. Nizar “Nick” Asaad told the Star in 2012 that he bought Allan’s with his brother 10years earlier “because of the store’s long-standing reputation as a successful lottery retailer. ‘We’re a lucky location,’ Asaad said at the time, little knowing that the store’s luck was just getting started. ‘They all like to win,” he said of his loyal lotto clientele. ‘They all like to try to get the chance to win. You see people here sometimes every day, sometimes twice a day in the morning and the afternoon;”
8. Ninety percent of the store’s overall business, according to the 2012 article, is generated by lottery-ticket sales;
9. Allan’s sits in the middle of a strip mall called the Hueneme Bay Center, wedged in between a Denny’s and a 99 Cents Only store;
10. The place is mobbed every time a big drawing approaches; the LA Times reported during the 2016 Powerball frenzy “when the jackpot soared above $1 billion, customers swarmed the store, with some buying hundreds of dollars’ worth of tickets at one time;”
A look at the winningest lotto retailer in California
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California Lottery “Lucky Retailers” in Ventura County and Surrounding Areas
The California Lottery was created by ballot measure Proposition 37, approved by 58% of voters on November 6, 1984. Current law (Assembly Bill 142, passed in 2010), limits administrative expenses of the Lottery to 13% of sales, with 87% of sales going back in the form of prized and contributions to education.
Since inception in 1985 through the California Lottery’s most currently issued financial report as of June 30, 2015, the Lottery has sold $85.1 billion, contributed close to $29.4 billion to schools, paid $45.9 billion to Lottery winners and another $5.6 million as compensation to retailers.
What happens if you win a big Lottery prize? Your name is public record, as is the name and location of the retailer that sold you the winning ticket, the date you won and of course, the amount. For most Lottery draw games, you have 180 days to claim your prize; however, if you win the Powerball or Mega Millions, you have a year to claim your prize. You will receive your first (or in most cases, only) check with your prize winnings six to eight weeks from claiming your prize.
So how do you win “a big one?” I wish I had the answer. One idea to ponder is to pursue purchasing tickets at retailers that seem to have the winning touch.
The Lottery has a “Lucky Retailers” database that shows, of its 22,000 retail locations, over 4,000 retailers considered “lucky.” Lucky is defined as, within the last calendar year, either 1) sold at least one winning ticket of $100,000 or more; 2) paid out an average of 400 or more winning tickets per week or 3) paid out an average of $4,000 or more of winning tickets each week. You can access this searchable list at www.calottery.com/Lucky-Retailers.
What most interests me is retailers in Ventura County that meet parameter #1; selling at least one $100,000+ ticket over the previous calendar year. So let’s take a look at which local retailers meet that parameter as of late November 2016. It is actually quite a short list!
- Hi-Time Liquor, 140 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
- 7-Eleven, 609 Rancho Conejo Blvd, Thousand Oaks
- Mobil, 855 N. Wendy Drive, Newbury Park
- 7-Eleven, 1840 Cochran Street, Simi Valley
- Simi Valley Smoke Shop, 2902 Cochran Street, Simi Valley
- 76 Station, 2605 Stearns Street, Simi Valley
- Shell Station, 1604 Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo
- Log Cabin Liquor, 2457 Alameda Avenue, Ventura
- Pat Holden Liquor, 860 South A Street, Oxnard
- Goode’s Liquor, 1271 Saviers Road, Oxnard
- 7-Eleven, 2201 E. Gonzales Road, Oxnard
- Superior Grocers, 2401 Saviers Road, Oxnard
That’s it! Pretty short list!
Prior to the “Lucky Retailers” program, here are Ventura County area retail locations that sold at least two winning tickets of $1 MILLION or more from 1985 to 2013:
- Allan’s Market Wine & Lotto, 2521 N. Ventura Road, Port Hueneme (This is the only retail location in the entire state of California during this time frame that sold SIX winning $1 million or more Lottery tickets!)
- 7-Eleven, 2201 E. Channel Islands Blvd, Oxnard (3 winning tickets)
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