Lottery luck in Pasco County? After two recent wins, some seem to think so

By Tim Wronka, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, February 03, 2018

If you're looking to win big money playing the lotto, you may want to head to Pasco County where luck seems to be on their side. 

Someone in Pasco County just won a million dollars, and a few weeks ago, a 20-year-old hit the $450 million jackpot. 

Stores that have sold the winning tickets are now seeing a big boost in business. 

There's no shortage of signs at the 7-Eleven in Port Rickey where the $450 million jackpot was won -- and there's a reason for it. 

"I feel like there's a little extra luck at this store," said one customer. 

Lottery players are flocking to the store, hoping some of the luck will rub off. 

"It's packed. A lot of people buying tickets right there. I don't think I've seen it this crowded before here," said a customer. 

The same situation is happening at the Beacon Square Grocery store in Holiday where a million dollar scratch off was just won.

It's the second big win for Pasco in weeks. 

"I think it's great for the area for sure," said one customer. 

Both stores have received some small winnings, but the Florida Lottery says the real value may be in the extra sales they get. 

"Stores get a reputation for being a luck store and they generate more business because of that," said Don Creely with the Florida Lottery. 

Both winners have come forward and taken their money in a lump sum. And if you play in Pasco County, maybe you'll be next.