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Tri-State’s “lucky” lottery stores

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Some regular lottery players insist where you play can improve your odds of winning.

FOX19 NOW analyzed lottery data from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for 2014 to see if there’s any truth to the “lucky store” theory.  As we looked through the lottery numbers, we found there were stores that paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars, but those same stores also sold a lot more tickets.

White Oak Deli & Convenience Store in Cincinnati paid out more than $10,400,000 in prizes in 2014.

While that’s a huge number, the lion’s share of that went to one player - a woman who hit the jackpot and won $10 million on a 40th Anniversary Millions instant ticket.

Data shows that Deters & Daughters Liquor at 3663 Madison Pike in Covington shelled out $354,370 in prizes in 2014.

According to Kentucky Lottery officials, a Covington man won $200,000 playing Kentucky Cash Ball at Deters & Daughters Liquors last year.

[View: Kentucky winning lottery list]

[View: Indiana winning lottery list]

[Map: Local retailers that have sold high-payout tickets]

Other Northern Kentucky retailers at the top of the list for 2014 include Turfway Liquors at 7135 Turfway Road in Florence with $216,318 in claims. The Circle K at 207 West Fourth in Covington had $241, 435 in claims in 2014.

In the Cincinnati metro area, other stores with big winners include Speedway at 1143 St. Rt. 131 in Milford, with a $5 million winner, Ohio Pike Marathon at 173A East Ohio Pike in Amelia also a $5 million claim, Mason Marathon at 639 Reading Rd., that paid out a $1 million prize on a 40th Anniversary Millions instant winner.

Then there are retailers like Murray Bros. Old Time Store. While the biggest 2014 single prize payout was $100,000, the store’s sales far exceeded that because of regular players who swear the place brings them lots o’ luck.

The Ohio Lottery has a way to look up retailers that have paid out prizes of $1 million or more since 2011. Here’s the lucky link. 

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