Locals line up at lottery’s ‘lucky’ retailers

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SAN DIEGO -- In San Diego, lottery sales were at fever pitch.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, $18 million in lottery tickets were sold in California.

“Everybody’s got to take their chances,” said Don Prescott, one of dozens of people purchasing lottery tickets at Don’s Liquor in Poway. “Here’s $80, enough for 40 tickets."

Owner Niko Kako said the ticket-printing machine has not stopped since Saturday’s drawing, when no one claimed the $900 million jackpot.

“It’s been crazy,” said Kako. “On Saturday, we had a line around the building and it’s still going that way.”

To keep the momentum going, Kako is offering added incentive for Wednesday’s drawing.

“When you buy 20 quick picks on the Powerball we’ll give you one free,” said Kako.

Kako’s store even makes the list as one of the lucky retailers on the California Lottery’s website, which keeps a list of the historical lucky retailers in California. These are places that have sold at least two winning tickets with jackpots of $1 million or more since the lottery started.

Carol Centre Arco on Carrol Centre Road in Mira Mesa tops that list with three winners. The 7-Eleven on Cass Street in Pacific Beach and the Ralphs Grocery store on Alta View Drive in Bay Terraces follow with two winners.

Around San Diego County, there are some 200 lucky retailers listed.  These are locations that have paid out $100,000 or higher winning ticket or paid out 400 winning tickets per week or paid out an average of $4,000 in winning tickets per week.

"We just want people to win, I want to make a millionaire,” said Kako.

Or in this case, a billionaire. The jackpot is so large it doesn’t even fit on the display screen.

“I guess they never imagined it would ever get that big,” said Kako.

No one has ever won the Powerball jackpot in San Diego.

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