Good Question: Where's the best place to buy a lotto ticket in your area?

June 10, 2019 08:25 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For this week's Good Question report, News10NBC got its hands on the stores that sold the most winning tickets with jackpots of $600 or more over the past six months.

So which place is the so-called luckiest store in our entire viewing area?


The Lyell Avenue Wegmans in Gates.

Sixty-nine people in the past six months have won $600 or more there.

"I think it's pretty damn good," said Lyle Fox, a regular. 

Shoppers like him are a big reason why this store sells so many winners. From morning until night, the Lotto Center is slammed. According to the New York State Gaming Commission, the luck of the draw for stores often has more to do with the volume of draws. 

But the store selling the most amount of winning tickets in the entire state is not in any of the major metro areas in New York. It's in a tiny community. 

According to the Gaming Commission, Cindy's Ship & Shore Restaurant in Central Square, Oswego County has sold a whopping 265 winning tickets in the past six months. Its population is less than 2,000.

If you're in Ontario County, Wegmans sold the most winning tickets over the past six months. A tie there.

Twenty sold both at the Geneva and Canandaigua Wegmans.

In Livingston County, another tie. The Tops in Dansville and Wegmans in Geneseo both sold 12.

If you live in Wayne County, Breen's IGA on Pearsall Street in Williamson took the top spot with 12 winners in the past six months.

Again, while it's fun to call your store the luckiest, according to the Gaming Commission, it really boils down to math. The more tickets sold, the more winners there are...but hey, ya never know!

Here is the list of the top five locations that sold tickets winning $600 or more in the past six months.


1. Cindy's Ship & Shore Restaurant, Central Square, Oswego County: 265 winners
2. Jackson Heights Stationary, Queens: 166 winners
3. Pronto Lotto, Queens: 158 winners
4. Turnpike Enterprises One, Nassau County: 142 winners
5. Bowne Grocery Store, Queens: 139 winners


1. Wegmans, Lyell Avenue, Gates: 69 winners
2. Clifford Food Mart, 1547 Clifford Ave., Rochester: 46 winners
3. Wegmans #20, 3701 Mt. Read Blvd.: 43 Winners
4. My Way Station, 735 Emerson St. Rochester: 39 winners
5. Wegmans #19, East Ridge Road, 38 winners


1. (tie) Geneva Wegmans and Canandaigua Wegmans: 20 winners
2. Quick Pick Deli Mart, North Street, Geneva: 17 winners
3. Finger Lakes Racing Association, 5857 State Route 96, Farmington: 16 winners
4. (tie) Tops Market, Route 96, Farmington and Naples Hotel, Naples: 12 winners
5. Baroodys, Exchange Street, Geneva: 11 winners


1. (tie) Tops in Dansville and Wegmans in Geneseo: 11 winners
2. Quicklees, Lakeville Road, Avon: 10 winners
3. Tops, Avon: 8 winners
4. (tie) Fanatic Sports Grill & Pizza, 7281 W. Main St., Lima and Caledonia Marketplace, Main Street Caledonia:  7 winners
5. New Village Mart, Clara Barton Street, Dansville: 6 winners


1. Breens IGA, Pearsall Street, Williamson: 12 winners
2. Speedway/Express Mart, W. Union Street, Newark: 9 winners
3. Tops, Furnace Road, Ontario: 8 winners
4. (4-way tie) Kinney Drugs, Forgham Street, Lyons 
                       Northside Grocer, N. Main St., Newark
                       Kwik Fill, Forgham Street,  Lyons
                       Byrne Dairy, W. Union St., Newark: 7 winners

5. Wegmans, Newark: 6 winners


Pat Taney

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