Sorry, Olympia. Sorry, Tacoma.
Lakewood, Tumwater, Federal Way, University Place, Yelm, Gig Harbor, Tenino.
You’re just not lucky, yet.
If you’re looking for lucky – especially this weekend, with three large lottery jackpots being drawn – then toodle down to Lacey, to the Safeway store at 4700 Yelm Hwy. S.E.
According to Washington State Lottery records, that store (and one more, a Fred Meyer store in Renton) in 2010 sold the most state “scratch” and “draw” tickets worth $1,000 or more.
Fifteen such tickets went out the door last year at the Lacey Safeway.
And with three large drawings looming, business already was brisk at the customer-service counter on Friday morning.
Customers were purchasing tickets for several lottery games, but most were buying for Friday’s $201 million Mega Millions jackpot and today’s $8.7 million Lotto and $85 million Powerball drawings.
“We have lots of regular customers who buy here,” said Cindi Nelson, customer service manager.
“I think we have a lot of people who buy lottery tickets here,” agreed store manager Randy Florek.
The names of several $1000-and-more winners are affixed to the store wall, showing just how lucky Florek’s customers are.
One customer, who has been winning for years, won thrice last year – in January with a $25,000 scratch ticket, and again with two $1,000 winners in October.
Both the Lacey store and the Renton Fred Meyer store saw a nearly equal split between winners of the draw games, including Lotto, Match 4, Mega Millions and Daily Keno, and the scratch variety.
Of 3,920 lottery retailers statewide, the Lacey Safeway ranks 12th in total sales – and first among 152 Thurston County retailers – while the Renton Fred Meyer ranks fourth statewide, and third among 1,013 retailers in King County, according to State Lottery spokesman Scott Kinney.
With 15 major winners each, the two stores topped both the Puget Sound region and the state, Kinney said.
Other regional winners were Yoke’s Fresh Market in Pasco, Rosauers in Spokane and both the Fred Meyer in Battle Ground and Winco Foods in Vancouver.
The state sold $491 million in total tickets last year, including $289 million in scratch sales and nearly $202 million from the draw games.
Mega Millions was the most popular draw game, followed by Lotto and Hit 5.
More than 29 million winners received $291.8 million in prizes in 2010, and 5,473 winners won $1,000 in the fiscal year.
And 1,927 won more.
Winning the store win-figure statewide, said Florek in Lacey, “is a mark of pride. It’s nice to be recognized.”
Customer Bob Beaudoin was at the counter Friday morning buying $5 worth of Lotto tickets.
“I hear that this is a lucky store,” he said.
Doris Glasgow was buying a pair of both Mega Millions and Powerball entries.
“The most I’ve ever won was $70,” she said.
“Ten years ago, I heard there was a $23-million winner,” said Cindi Nelson, the department manager, out where College Street meets Yelm Highway, at the luckiest store in the state.