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Where to Buy a Ticket in RI if You Want to Win the Lottery

Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

Rhode Island may be the nation’s smallest state but they certainly sell their fair share of lottery tickets. According to information from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, Rhode Island has ranked within the top ten in ticket sales in the past two years with $3.125 billion in 2011 and $3.532 billion in 2012, ranked eight and seventh in the nation respectively.

Selling lottery tickets has become a great way for stores to make a profit. According to Anthony Bettone, owner of Olde Smoke Shoppe in the Providence Arcade, and verified by Sandra Lee from the Rhode Island Lottery Headquarters, stores receive eight-percent of ticket sales from machine games and five-percent from scratch ticket sales. Bettone also added that store owners receive one-percent of lottery ticket wins claimed at their store.

“Anything under $600, if they claim it at my store, I get the money,” said Bottone. “I’m a small store so I count every penny. I would say that half of my income comes from the lottery.”

Big winners

Ticket sales may be great for the state and for the store owners, but any customer who plays the Lottery is hoping to win big for themselves. Within these past two years, the Rhode Island Lottery has had more than 400 prizes claimed with a value of $10,000 dollars or more, including two PowerBall® Jackpot winners, claimed a mere month apart. These jackpots paid out top prizes of $210 million in March of 2012 and $37.1 million in April after the winners chose to take a lump sum payout.

The odds may be against the common ticket holder to strike a top prize but many of Rhode Island’s cities, towns and even specific stores can be deemed luckier than others. According to information compiled from the Rhode Island Lottery website, Cranston, Warwick, and Providence have all had 50 or more ticket claims of $10,000 or more within the calendar years of 2011 and 2012.

“It’s nice to have these big winners,” said George Barbosa, manager of Barbosa Liquors in Providence. “[The Lottery] gives us posters to hang up at the store; the word definitely gets around on where they were won.”

Stores like Barbosa Liquors may be located in a city with high amounts of top-tiered ticket claims – the liquor store has sold two: a Wild Money ticket claim of $58,340 and a Lucky for Life® ticket claim of $25,000 a year for life, with a minimum of a 20 year payout –but there are stores that have found a winning recipe all of their own.

Four stores have sold five or more tickets claimed within the 2011 and 2012 calendar years for a prize of $10,000 or more, including one store – Convenience Plus in Johnston – with 10 winning tickets in that period. Stores like Fast Freddie’s Exxon in Greenville, who have sold five of the village’s six winning ticket claims, have become real hotspots for ticket wins. Stores like these may not claim to be luckier than any other store, but they certainly have the customer support to continue the winning trends.

“We have a lot of repeat customers,” said Jacob Beausoleil, an employee of Fast Freddie’s Exxon. “Some will come in every morning and stay for a few hours, spending as much as $400 to $500 on scratch tickets.”

 

Related Slideshow: Top 25 Luckiest Places for Winning Lottery Tickets in Rhode Island

Here are the 25 stores with the most lottery winners of more than $10,000 in Rhode lsand in the past two years...

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25. Gulf Express

698 Broadway, Pawtucket

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $8,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $25,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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24. Vicker's Liquors

274 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $10,000
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $30,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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23. Healy News Store

231 Robinson Street, Wakefield
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $10,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $32,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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22. Stop & Shop

446 Putnam Pike, Smithfield

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $11,167
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $33,500
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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21. Stop & Shop

1360 West Main Road, Middletown

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $12,763
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $38,288
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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20. Solar Gas

1815 Smith Street, North Providence

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $13,177
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $39,532
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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19. Twin River

100 Twin River Road, Lincoln
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $13,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $40,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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18. Cumberland Farms

609 Killingsly Street, Johnston
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $15,223
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $106,564
 
Ticket Wins: 7
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17. Breads 'N' Stuff

1669 Main Street, West Warwick 
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $17,000
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $85,000
 
Ticket Wins: 5
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16. Cumberland Farms

785 Tiogue Street, Coventry

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $17,250
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $172,500
 
Ticket Wins: 10
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15. Sandy Lane Gas + Conv

1015 Sandy Lane, Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $19,513
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $58,540
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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14. Lakewood Liquors

774 Warwick Avenue, Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $20,000
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4
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13. Dan's Convenience

2699 Post Road, Warwick
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $22,790
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $68,370
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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12. Stop & Shop

1128 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $25,177
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $75,832
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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11. Fast Freddie's

471 Putnam Pike, Greenville

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $26,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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10. Stop & Shop

300 Quaker Lane, Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $26,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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9. 7-Eleven

1128 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $26,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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8. Shaw's Supermarket

8 Chapel Hill Boulevard, Cranston 
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $28,750
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $115,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4
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7. Sam's Food Mart

460 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $31,944
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $95,832
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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6. A+B Mart

951 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $50,166
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $250,832
 
Ticket Wins: 5
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5. Phred's Drug

1300 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $132,032
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $528,129
 
Ticket Wins: 4
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4. A+T Casali Liquors

1360 West Main Road, Middletown
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $173,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $520,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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3. Stop 'N' Go

1569 Plainfield Pike, Johnston
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $178,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $535,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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2. Cumberland Farms

704 Main Street, West Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $191,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $575,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4 
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1. Convenience Plus

1501 Atwood Avenue, Johnston

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $267,500
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $1,070,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4
 
 

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