A recent front page article, "Lacey's Lucky Lottery Spot," thrilled at the luck of a Lacey Safeway store for lottery winners.
According to the article, out of 3,920 participating stores, those selling the most winning lottery tickets were number 4 and 12 on that list in terms of total tickets sold. That’s not lucky, or even newsworthy. These are the stores that sold the most tickets, so it makes sense that they have the most winners.
As I plan where to buy my lottery tickets, the only thing I want to know is how many winners were there compared to all the people who bought tickets there? A store could be considered “lucky” if the ratio of total winners vs. total purchasers was significantly higher for one store than for another.
This front page article read like nothing more than an advertisement for the lottery as well as a plug for a particular Safeway in Lacey. I’m sure it’s a fine supermarket, but now that everyone else is buying their tickets there, maybe I’ll go somewhere else. Wait, that makes no mathematical sense, either.