The line of people which is usually present in front of the lottery machine at The News Shop on Main Street in Winchester, Massacusetts, should be a good indicator that the local store is one of the best in the state when it comes to lottery sales.
A few weeks ago, the staff of The News Shop was personally thanked by State Treasurer Tim Cahill for helping to provide revenues for not just Winchester, but the 350 other cities and towns in the commonwealth as well.
Kim Cater, owner of The News Shop, said her business was suggested by the local lottery agent as a good store for Cahill to visit because of their high lottery sales and good customer service. When Cahill visited, he saw The News Shop's success firsthand, exemplified by the dozens of winning tickets that hang from the ceiling.
"He asked us lots of questions," said Cater of Cahill. "He was interested in our business, our location in the community and how things were going."
Cahill chairs the Lottery Commission, and Cater said it was interesting to speak with him about a business that they both know so well.
"I was very happy and proud of the shop," she said. "I'm glad we were chosen as a local business for him to visit."
In fiscal 2005, Winchester received $1,259,850 in local lottery aid.