Powerball players hope certain stores are 'lucky'

Reported by: Julie Tremmel

Videographer: M. Jackson
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Updated: 8/15/2012 6:41 am

The Powerball jackpot is up to $320 million, and when it comes to playing the lottery, we've found that some people have a strategy, maybe playing their birthday, their phone number, or other winning combinations.

But on Tuesday night FOX23 News met some folks hoping to get lucky based on the store where the ticket is purchased.

There are two shops in particular here in the Capital Region that some people consider 'extra lucky.'

Recently the Stewart's at 454 Route 146 in Halfmoon has had several big scratch off and Megaball winners, and back in March, Coulson's News Center on Broadway in Albany sold a ticket worth $319 million dollars to a group of state workers now known as the 'Lucky Seven.'

While visiting the shop on Tuesday night, FOX23 News just happened to meet a former coworker of the 'Lucky Seven' state workers.

Bill Allen started another, separate weekly pool at a different department of the same office at the division of housing 20 years ago.

The pool is now affectionately known in that state office as the 'Lotto Losers Pool.'

Allen said, "When the New York Post stopped at the office, and asked me if I was part of the winning pool, of course it was like, 'No I'm part of the 'Lotto Loser Pool,' unfortunately.' So…but it was really funny, actually, all of the attention I got, and the phone calls I got from the press wanting to know if it was my pool, which was funny."

So, like he always has, on Tuesday Allen was at the Coulson's counter playing the numbers on behalf of his own 'losing' office pool, hoping the store still has some luck left.

"We have a pool of eleven people that I work with at the agency, and of course we keep hoping that lightning is going to strike twice at the same store, and at the same agency as well," Allen said.

The state worker admits that it does sting to have not been part of the winning pool, but he still wishes his friends all the best.

"And, of course, I know those seven people very well, (pauses) well, I don't actually know them very well anymore since they've left (laughing), but it was very nice that they did win, and it was some great people who did win, which was very nice," he said.

The Assistant Manager at Coulson's says the small, mom and pop store hasn't been the same since the win.

"We get a lot of people that come in and go, 'Oh this is the place that they hit!' And it's like yeah... And other people make a trip just for that reason," Otero said.

The assistant manager said several months ago one of the 'Lucky Seven' winners visited the store right when it opened, as to 'not be spotted,' and gave the owner a special, matted copy of the Times Union article announcing the $319 million dollar winning ticket had been sold at Coulson's.

Otero said, "And when people come in and they see this, they go, 'Okay, I gotta have a Mega(millions) now, and they'll buy a Megamillions, and now (this week) it will be Powerball."

On Tuesday over at the lucky Stewart's shop in Halfmoon, some people were also hopeful the streak of good fortune would continue with the ticket they held in their hand.

Tom Rosetti of Ballston lake said, "Oh, absolutely. I know there have been some scratch off wins here worth a million, $2 million, and this store has been really lucky, and now that it's a new store, it may be even luckier. They (the Stewart's) just opened it up maybe two weeks ago, so it's a brand new store, so the wins happened before? The wins happened before, but now the new store needs a new winner, and I could be the new winner."

And remember, when it comes to Powerball, or office pools in general for that matter, the saying goes 'you have to be in it to win it.'

A source says that there were 15 people who typically 'put in' for that office pool won by the 'Lucky Seven.'

Do the math, and that means eight state workers 'opted out' from the pool that garnered the seven a take-home of about $16 million a piece.

The Powerball drawing will be held on Wednesday night at 11 p.m.


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JerryJor33 - 8/15/2012 5:40 PM
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I bought 20 tickets, it's worth the excitement. I'm taking this guy's advice: http://www.winningnumbers2012.com/how-to-win-the-lottery/
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