Welcome back to our Lottery Myth vs Fact series of posts!
If there’s one common myth we hear a lot about, it’s that winning tickets are only sold in big cities. Not true.
This one gets a lot of play on social media, and sometimes it’s people who live in metropolitan areas that think winning tickets are only sold in small towns. Also, not true.
The fact is that tickets are distributed randomly across the state, so every ticket has an equal chance of winning.
There is a correlation between the number of tickets sold and the number of winners. A retailer that has a high volume of sales will naturally have more winning tickets. The “big city” myth is a direct correlation.
Retailers in metropolitan areas may sell more tickets simply because there’s a larger population and more people buying tickets.
For example, if Cuyahoga County sells 15 percent of our tickets for a specific game, they have 15 percent of the winning tickets for that game.
Check out the map below to see the average scratch-off sales per retailer per week by county.
Bottom line, no matter where you buy, every ticket has an equal chance of winning.