Holy Smokes! NYs Luckiest Lotto Shop Has 2nd $1M + Winner this Week!
It's getting to be a little ridiculous at this point - the frequency with which a chain of smoke shops in Upstate New York makes million-dollar lottery winners. And on Friday night, they had their second one in a week!
We've told you many times to get your lottery tickets at one of the ten Smokes 4 Less locations. Heck, it's just 70 miles or so south of Albany, I've driven a lot further for Chick-fil-A
The winning numbers from last night's drawing were: 30-43-45-46-61 with a Mega Ball of 14 and when I woke up this morning I saw that one person won the $1.45 billion dollar Mega Millions drawing last night and the winner was in Maine.
Another million-dollar lottery jackpot came from Smokes 4 Less on Friday night from their location in Newburgh.
Once I knew the winner wasn't me (or anyone I knew) I immediately checked the New York Lottery website to see about the other potential big payouts for second place which can be in the $1M - 3M dollar range and there it was: Smokes 4 Less!
There are literally a million places you can buy your lottery tickets across the country - not to mention an app that lets you buy a ticket and this is the second time in one week the Newburgh store popped a big winner.
Tuesday night's numbers were: 7, 13, 14, 15, and 18, and the Megaplier # was 9. While there was no grand prize winner, there was one second-place $3M winner from the drawing and it was sold at Smokes 4 Less at 59 N. Plank Road in Newburgh
What's up with the "lucky" convenience store that sold the ticket: Smokes for Less.
There are a total of ten "Smokes 4 Less" convenience stores in New York and pound for pound, they have to be the luckiest store in New York - maybe even America.
To put it in perspective, there are roughly 450 Stewart's and Cumberland Farms stores in New York - not to mention tens of thousands of other outlets for people to buy their lotto tickets.
Mega Millions is played throughout 45 states as well as the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands, the odds that one convenience store could have multiple winners in just a few short months is hard to fathom.
Smokes for Less had at least half a dozen or more massive payouts from either Mega, Powerball, or scratch-offs within the last year or so with big winners claiming prizes in January, February, and April of 2022, and two big winners this week to kick off 2023.
So, what's the deal with these "lucky" convenience stores about an hour south of Albany?
In late April we wrote about the store after learning it sold a piece of a $22M Powerball jackpot. That Powerball winner claimed $1M dollars for second place!
In November of 2022, the Daily Voice reported that a player struck it rich in the Hudson Valley by correctly hitting all the right numbers to win $1,000 a week for life!