Sept. 11, 2013 – The Nebraska Lottery has been selling tickets for 20 years, to the day, and Lottery representatives took to the road today to congratulate and thank the top 20 retailers in the state.
In 20 years, each of these top 20 stores has managed to sell more than $100 million worth of the Lottery’s tickets. Neil Watson, a representative for the Nebraska Lottery, told the Lincoln Journal Star’s Peter Salter that “a combination of factors” has helped these top 20 stores sell so many tickets over the years.
“Some stores have a very loyal player base. Some stores, it’s location, and the amount of traffic they have,” Watson said. Whatever the reason behind their success, it’s clear from the list that family-owned shops do just as well as large chain stores.
Number 20 on the list is one of the small shops with the kind of “loyal player base” that Watson credited. Holdrege’s Pump & Pantry, in Holdrege, Neb., received an award 5 years ago for its success as a lottery retailer, and will be adding another to the collection.
Assistant Manager Linda Clark told Salter that the store’s employees and loyal customers deserved credit, and that sales of instant games and draw game tickets were split about evenly.
At the top of the list is a Skagway Discount Store in Grand Island. Its sister store in Grand Island also made the list, along with six Hy-Vee supermarkets.
The common thread among the retailers seemed to be gratitude to the loyal customers and dedicated employees.
Mark Hutson, the manager of the number six store, a Lincoln Save-Mart, said his store has a lot of great customers.
Some have won prizes from vacations to pickup trucks, and many have collected cash, but Hutson said it’s always “rewarding” to see one of his regulars win big.