B/CS Lottery Players Flock To Lucky Lotto Retailers

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Hollis Murphy loves his lottery.

"I've been playing ever since it started," said the religious lottery player.

Back in the 90's Murphy hit five out of the six needed numbers to win the jackpot, twice. Each win was worth over $ 2,000.

"That's the only thing that kept me going," said Hollis.

He plays the lotto every night and comes to The Oaks Food Market in Bryan, Brazos County's top seller of lottery. The reason, it's the only local store still open to have a past jackpot winner and that was back in 1995.

Despite the lottery jackpot standing at $87 Million, customers are more interested in the scratch off. It's instant and you can play different games like Weekly Grand, Break The Bank, and even a game dedicated to the Dallas Cowboys.

"I figure my odds at winning are a little better," said lottery player John Torres.

"Six numbers are very hard to get but people try everyday," said Abdul Wahab of Frankie's Food Mart.

Frankie's in College Station is the county's second best seller of lottery tickets and they're just as busy. Seems the big jackpot is squeezing dollars right out of hopeful player's pockets.

"Yea, it got me to spend my extra two dollars out of pocket to try my luck at it," said Torres.

For Hollis, it's just about having a little fun later in life.

"I guess that's how I get my kick out of life. Playing the lottery," said Murphy.

If no one hits the big jackpot on Wednesday it will mark 56 straight drawings without a winner.

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