Which Delaware stores sell the most lottery tickets?

ony Taylor of Dover shows off his Delaware Lottery Keno ticket as he fills out his sports betting parlay card at Mike’s Food Mart on South Governors Avenue. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

ony Taylor of Dover shows off his Delaware Lottery Keno ticket as he fills out his sports betting parlay card at Mike’s Food Mart on South Governors Avenue. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — Sixteen stores sold more than $1 million worth of lottery tickets last year, according to data provided by the Delaware Lottery.

In total, 594 vendors, mainly convenience stores, offered lottery tickets of some sort in fiscal year 2015.

The 16 hot spots include gas stations, tobacco shops and, curiously, one restaurant. Some locations sell only sports betting tickets, while others have a whole range, such as Powerball, Keno and Play Three.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, half of the 16 best sellers are located in Wilmington, including the No. 1 location and three

LOTTERY VENDOR SALES Nearly 600 vendors sold lottery products in fiscal year 2015. Of that number, most reported sales of between $100,000 and $500,000. A few did go above and beyond in their sales, though, exceeding the vast majority. Below is a list of the best-selling vendors and information on what “tier” stores fell into. Only lottery products such as Keno, Powerball and sports betting, are included. Top sellers In order of rank, these are the 16 stores that sold at least $1 million of lottery products. 1  The Reef Restaurant, Wilmington 2  Tobacco Time, Bear 3  Books and Tobacco Inc., Wilmington 4  Fairfax News, Wilmington 5  New Castle Shell, New Castle   6  Convenient Store, Wilmington 7  Claymont News and Gifts, Claymont 8  Delaware News Center, Wilmington 9  Airport News and Tobacco, New Castle 10  Boxwood Books, News and Tobacco, Wilmington 11  Books and News, Wilmington 12  Daily Market, Lewes 13  Mike’s Food Mart, Dover 14  Smyrna News and Tobacco, Smyrna 15  Bodie’s Market #1, Millsboro 16  Country Farm, Wilmington Tiers This provides information on how many stores sold products and approximately how much they sold. 16 retailers had sales of more than $1 million 48 retailers had sales between $500,000 and $1 million 171 retailers had sales between $250,000 and $500,000 220 retailers had sales between $100,000 and $250,000 74 retailers had sales between $50,000 and $100,000 65 retailers had sales of less than $50,000

LOTTERY VENDOR SALES
Nearly 600 vendors sold lottery products in fiscal year 2015. Of that number, most reported sales of between $100,000 and $500,000. A few did go above and beyond in their sales, though, exceeding the vast majority. Below is a list of the best-selling vendors and information on what “tier” stores fell into. Only lottery products such as Keno, Powerball and sports betting, are included.
Top sellers
In order of rank, these are the 16 stores that sold at least $1 million of lottery products.
1 The Reef Restaurant, Wilmington
2 Tobacco Time, Bear
3 Books and Tobacco Inc., Wilmington
4 Fairfax News, Wilmington
5 New Castle Shell, New Castle
6 Convenient Store, Wilmington
7 Claymont News and Gifts, Claymont
8 Delaware News Center, Wilmington
9 Airport News and Tobacco, New Castle
10 Boxwood Books, News and Tobacco, Wilmington
11 Books and News, Wilmington
12 Daily Market, Lewes
13 Mike’s Food Mart, Dover
14 Smyrna News and Tobacco, Smyrna
15 Bodie’s Market #1, Millsboro
16 Country Farm, Wilmington
Tiers
This provides information on how many stores sold products and approximately how much they sold.
16 retailers had sales of more than $1 million
48 retailers had sales between $500,000 and $1 million
171 retailers had sales between $250,000 and $500,000
220 retailers had sales between $100,000 and $250,000
74 retailers had sales between $50,000 and $100,000
65 retailers had sales of less than $50,000

of the top four.

The top vendor stands out for another reason: It’s a restaurant.

The Reef offers sports betting and Keno, but does not have other lottery games, making its rank more impressive. The restaurant has had Keno for four years and sports betting for three, according to General Manager Mark

Minchak.

Mr. Minchak said he was aware his establishment led all others in the most recent fiscal year.

“We’ve pretty much been No. 1 since we started doing it,” he said.

He credited the restaurant’s atmosphere and the convenience of placing a bet while at the bar. The location, which sits less than 1,000 feet from the Pennsylvania border, also draws in visitors from out of state, he said, as Pennsylvania does not have sports betting.

At No. 13 on the list, Mike’s Food Mart, on South Governor’s Avenue in Dover, is the highest-ranking venue in Kent County. The store sells a variety of the most popular tickets, including scratch-offs, owner Mike Patel said.

Quality service makes the store, which has offered lottery tickets since 1997, popular for those looking to hit the jackpot, Mr. Patel opined.

Lottery tickets consist of a fairly significant portion of Mike’s Food Mart’s revenue, he said.

Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery, said sales have been consistent statewide.

“Powerball and Mega Millions are down, but the other games are up so we’ve kind of absorbed that,” Mr. Kirk said.

While Delaware’s casinos have seen declining revenue for well over a half-decade, tickets continue to profit. The scratch-offs have been setting records, even as Powerball and Mega Millions have slipped due to a lack of recent huge jackpots.

There have been a few big winners in the First State in recent years. A $50 million Powerball ticket was sold in Rehoboth Beach two years ago, and a $215 million one was sold in Blades in 2004.

Two $1 million Powerball tickets were purchased in New Castle County earlier this year.

As by far the most populous county in Delaware, New Castle County has more vendors than Kent or Sussex.

The 594 locations across the state had varying levels of success. Most sold at least $100,000 worth of tickets.

Forty-eight sold at least $500,000 but less than $1 million in tickets, and nearly two-thirds reported sales of between $100,000 and $500,000.

One hundred thirty-nine establishments brought in less than $100,000 from lottery products.

Because lottery sales are considered to be tax-related information, they are officially proprietary knowledge, meaning exactly what can be shared publicly is limited. As such, Mr. Kirk could not provide details on exactly how much each vendor sold.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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