Lotto lovers all over the country are in for a whole new ball game on Wednesday. Powerball, that is. The multi-state lottery drawing is expected to hit more than $485 million, making the mid-week jackpot the third largest prize in the game’s history.
Just $2 will buy you—and countless other jackpot hopefuls across 43 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—five numbers plus a Powerball number, all of which have to match the numbers called to claim the pot.
The odds of hitting it big are less than one in 175 million according to the California State Lottery. For those looking to improve their chances—either by looking for Lady Luck at her past hangouts or by intentionally seeking her somewhere unexpected, here are four lotto sellers where Angelenos have purchased winning tickets in the past.
This Hawthorne liquor store seems to sell good luck in addition to your favorite libations. The store has sold four big-winning tickets—the most in Los Angeles county—since the lottery began, including a ticket that shared in a $118-million jackpot back in the ’80s and one unclaimed pot of $4.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. 13746 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
Town and Country Newsstand
Lines have been known to snake around the corner at this lucky spot on the corner of Third Street and Fairfax, where three winning tickets worth more than $1 million have been sold. 6330 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Mr. C’s Liquor
Mr. C’s in San Pedro has also sold three lucky tickets (worth $22 million in winnings). The liquor store was named California Lottery’s Retailer of the Year in 1999, at which point the shop had sold more than $6 million in lottery tickets. 1925 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731
Mike’s Beverage Shop
Back in 2002, this Quartz Hill locale sold a ticket worth $82 million to one lucky customer. The store has made millionaires out of three patrons in the lottery’s history. 42263 50th Street W. #101, Quartz Hill, CA 93536