The other day I saw a local piece on lucky stores to buy lottery tickets at. The reasoning being that some locations seem to sell more winning lottery tickets. But can a lottery retailer be luckier than any other selling location?
Short answer: Technically, the answer is no. Random is random.
If you look at various lottery ticket result pages, you’d see that the distribution of winning numbers is pretty even, across the board. But how can a seller become a “lucky” seller?
Here’s how I think a location gets “lucky:”
It’s a pretty simple statistical premise actually. The more folks that buy tickets from a certain location, makes it more probable that this specific location will manage to sell a “lucky” ticket.
Example: If two stores, A & B, both sell lottery tickets and store A gets 50 people who buy tickets, while store B gets 200 ticket buyers, who do you think will more than likely sell a winning set of numbers?
Chances are the retailer who moves the most tickets will be the one who sells the winner.
And when newspapers report on “lucky” retailer locations who sell more winning tickets, they tend to leave out that all important factor. And then when folks see headlines like this, there are many who think showing up at these lucky locations will give them a better chance to win. There are many who need it.
So the bottom line is that when you see headlines like “Lucky Lottery Stores,” don’t get swayed or tricked into heading off to those locations and standing in line for hours on end. Or longer then necessary. Your luck in winning will be no different whether you stand in line for an hour or a minute.