(08/24/2001)
Speedy Mart of Arnoldsburg is one of the top sellers of lottery tickets in the area with sales of $217,348, with a Go-Mart in Clay slightly less.

Roane County, which has eight stores, sold $817,225. Calhoun establishments had relatively higher sales because there are fewer participants.

Lottery sales, when averaged per person, per year, showed Calhoun at $50. Roane, $54; Clay $38; Gilmer, $44; Wirt, $36; Kanawha ,$82.

Not counting video lottery, lottery sales in West Virginia declined by $6 million.

Meanwhile, No one matched all the numbers for the $200 million Powerball prize Wednesday night, which means the jackpot for Saturday's game rises to an estimated 280 million dollars. The Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association says there will have to be a double-check to confirm the results, but preliminary results show nobody hit all six numbers.

Still, more than a million people will get prizes for matching some of the winning numbers. There were two $100,ooo tickets sold in West Virginia. Tickets sold at the Pantry Store in Parkersburg and at the Newell Citgo matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number.

West Virginia sales for the lottery game, which is played in 21 states and the District of Columbia, were nearly eight million dollars.


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