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April 22, 2014

Hoping for riche$ — Part 2


If the retailer sells the winning ticket for a Powerball or Mega Millions ticket, they will receive a $10,000 bonus. Sell a Hot Lotto jackpot winner, receive a $5,000 bonus.

In 2013, southeast Iowans spent more than $15.4 million on lottery tickets.

Lottery spending topped an all-time high at $6.6 million in Wapello County in 2013. All five top producing retail stores are located within Ottumwa’s city limits.

Quick Shop Foods, on South Madison Avenue, led all retailers in sales. They were followed by Albia Road BP, Kum & Go #38 on Church Street, Kum & Go #612 on East Mary Street and Casey’s #1678 on Richmond Avenue. Quick Shop Foods sold more than $997,000 in lottery tickets, which include instant sales, pull-tab sales and lottery sales. Other store totals included: Albia Road BP, $752,062; Kum & Go #38, 637,568; Kum and Go #613, 623,693; and Casey’s #1678, 621,501.

Top sales in neighboring counties were: Davis County, Casey's #2481 on South Washington in Bloomfield, $356,655; Jefferson, Kum and Go #134 on West Burlington Avenue, Fairfield, $538,838; Appanoose, Kum & Go #652 on North 18th Street, Centerville, $508,257; Mahaska County, Jiffy #923 on A Avenue in Oskaloosa, $573,221; Monroe, Albia BP on South Clinton, Albia, $155,643; and Van Buren, Circle B on Main Street, Keosaqua, $73,902.

Since 1985, players have won more than $3.2 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for state programs that benefit all Iowans, according the Iowa Lottery’s 2013 annual report.

Thursday: The pitfalls of playing the lottery


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