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Little store is a Lotto hot spot

California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: Little store is a Lotto hot spot

Third jackpot winner since 2000 purchased lucky ticket good for $72 million

The mysterious good luck of Lichine's Liquor and Deli continues to grow.

Since 2000, the California State Lottery machines at Lichine's have spit out SuperLotto Plus jackpots three times — most recently on Saturday.

The lucky ticket over the weekend is good for $72 million. The holder of the ticket had not yet come forward on Monday.

But the jackpot is enough to get some people thinking there's something special about the little liquor store at South Land Park Drive and Florin Road.

"It's eerie," said customer Ed Robben. "I don't know why it happens over and over and over."

Outwardly, there didn't seem to be anything particularly spooky Monday at Lichine's. Customers kibitzed with one another over the big win, and it was all smiles on the faces of Lichine's owners, the Lo siblings.

Brothers Chon and Kien Lo grinned while manning the two busy lotto machines. Sister Chrystal Lo joked while she worked behind the deli counter.

Lichine's is a neighborhood hangout where regulars come every day to have a sandwich, buy some beer and grab a handful of scratch-off tickets. The Lo family has owned the store since 1989.

What are the odds that one retailer would have three big SuperLotto Plus winners? State Lottery spokesman Rob McAndrews didn't know.

"I'm not a statistician," he said. "Obviously, the odds are very, very high."

The odds of winning a jackpot are miserable. Players stand a 1-in-41 million chance of hitting the big one.

The only way McAndrews could explain the run of luck for Lichine's is by noting that a reputation for being "lucky" means more players would come to a store — thus increasing the chance a winner will be chosen.

"Other than that, it's Lady Luck," he said.

Besides Lichine's, other lucky outlets are a market in Port Hueneme, Ventura County, with six winners, and a country store in Baker, San Bernardino County, with five winners.

In one fell swoop, Lichine's made a hefty profit. With the SuperLotto Plus drawing Saturday, the store not only pads its reputation as the hottest Lotto spot in town, but the Lo family gets $360,000 for selling the winning ticket.

To make that the old-fashioned way, Chon and Kien Lo would have to sell a lot of $8.29 six-packs of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Chrystal Lo would have to assemble a mountain of $4.75 turkey sandwiches.

In January 2000, Sacramentan Gordon Quan won a $15 million jackpot on a ticket he bought there. Lightning struck again last year when customer Tchaka Muhammed had one of two winning tickets for a $9 million jackpot.

"The reputation is real good, because everybody is winning here," said lotto player Everett Whiteside, a 72-year-old retired state worker and Pocket resident. Kien Lo, 42, said the latest win obviously dwarfs Lichine's other two big wins.

According to lottery records, his store is the only retail outlet in Sacramento with three SuperLotto Plus winning tickets sold.

There's no special aura about Lichine's, Kien Lo said. It's just the way things have played out.

He said first winner Quan, a regular, came to the store, winked at the Lo owners, but stayed quiet. Muhammed didn't know he had won when he came to Lichine's.

"I personally checked his ticket and told him he had won," said Kien Lo. "He was surprised."

A winner has 180 days to come forward from the day of the drawing. The largest single-winner ticket was $141 million by a San Jose man in 2001.

The ticket drawn Saturday and purchased at Lichine's appears to be the largest single-winning SuperLotto Plus ticket in Sacramento history. A Sacramento winner in the late 1990s shared a ticket worth $99 million.

With previous store winner banners behind him, Kien Lo sells lottery tickets Monday. With Saturday's jackpot, Lichine's Liquor and Deli inspires a new degree of awe.

Sacramento Bee

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: March 22, 2007, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

I think I know who won if nobody else does. http://www.lotterypost.com/news/153263.htm

* you don't need more tickets * 
* just the right ticket * 
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    MissNYC's avatar - diva
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    Posted: March 22, 2007, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

    That is strange, but I guess lightning can hit the same spot more than once. I know someone who won about 15 mil in the early 90s. They've since gambled most of it away, but I always told myself that I'd never win because the odds of a friend of a lotto winner winning is even slimmer to none, but maybe I have hope. I think I'll win the next big mega millions or powerball Wink

    "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

    Bed

     

      OldSchoolPa's avatar - Lottery-057.jpg
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      Posted: March 23, 2007, 10:05 am - IP Logged

      There's quite a few stores in my area that have recently sold winning state lotto tickets...here's hoping our luck converge for me to win the next Mega Millions jackpot.

      Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

      The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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        Greenwich, CT
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        Posted: March 26, 2007, 9:49 am - IP Logged

        Seems like a busy store.  Two lotto machines, both in operation.  Stores that sell more tickets will have more winners.

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          Posted: March 26, 2007, 11:06 am - IP Logged

          The thing to note about the most recent winner from this store is that the numbers were a self pick, not a machine generated quick pick.  Therefore this ticket was destined to be a winner wherever it was purchased.

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            Posted: March 26, 2007, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

            The only way the ticket was "destined" to be a winner is if the draw was rigged.

             

            Far too often, people who pick their own numbers use things like birthdays (numbers 1 - 31). Since the lottery draws from the entire range of numbers in the matrix, if you limit your range of self picks, you are selecting from only a subset of the numbers available, thereby hurting your chances to win.

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              Posted: March 27, 2007, 12:51 am - IP Logged

              The only way the ticket was "destined" to be a winner is if the draw was rigged.

               

              Far too often, people who pick their own numbers use things like birthdays (numbers 1 - 31). Since the lottery draws from the entire range of numbers in the matrix, if you limit your range of self picks, you are selecting from only a subset of the numbers available, thereby hurting your chances to win.

              The lottery draws a single combination made up of 5 or 6 numbers. A ticket that matches the same 5 or 6 numbers wins the jackpot and that's that. The only thing that hurts your chances of winning is the ratio between the number of tickets you buy and the number of possible combinations, and that has nothing to do with which numbers you choose from. Even if you pick all of your combinations from the numbers 1 through 8 you have exactly the same chance of winning as anyone else who buys the same number of tickets.

                justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                Posted: March 27, 2007, 12:57 am - IP Logged

                The lottery draws a single combination made up of 5 or 6 numbers. A ticket that matches the same 5 or 6 numbers wins the jackpot and that's that. The only thing that hurts your chances of winning is the ratio between the number of tickets you buy and the number of possible combinations, and that has nothing to do with which numbers you choose from. Even if you pick all of your combinations from the numbers 1 through 8 you have exactly the same chance of winning as anyone else who buys the same number of tickets.

                I Agree!

                I have read that since many people choose birthdays, the combinations with all 6 numbers ranging from 1 to 31 have a greater chance of multiple winners, which makes sense, although I know that isn't always the case.  Can't give any examples, since the Florida site is down again !!

                 

                "Therefore this ticket was destined to be a winner wherever it was purchased."

                I understand exactly what you are saying CALotteryGuy.  I play my own numbers, so it shouldn't matter what city I buy my tickets in since the drawing is supposed to be random and not based on the numbers that are played or where they are played.