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Lottery players may want to try their luck in Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced Friday that Donny Wilson of Lafe won $10,000 from a $10 scratch-off that he bought at the Holiday Liquor Store in Paragould.

The win comes weeks after the Kum & Go in Paragould sold a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000. This lucky streak is making some consider going to Greene County to try their luck on the lottery, while others are concerned how long the good fortune will last.

"Kind of how like someone won here a couple days ago, now this is the lucky store," said Caitlin Garner, the promotional manager at the Holiday Liquor Store, "so now everybody's been coming here thinking that they're going to win again too."

A picture of Donny Wilson with his $10,000 check now hangs in the liquor store, reminding customers just how quickly their luck can change. It helps residents like Steve Edgar realize how a reward can come from risk.

"I've won $100. That's about it," Edgar said. "I've probably spent more than that."

Losses have done little to discourage him from trying time and time again. He dreams of paying off his debts and buying a new car, so he bets on the big jackpots – usually buying Mega Million and PowerBall tickets once a week.

"Some of my family plays every once in a while, not very often," Edgar said. "They think it's a waste of money. It is."

Optimism, however, persists because someone has to win, and why not go to a place known for its luck? That perception, Garner says, has kept lottery ticket sales steady at the liquor store, spiking several weeks ago when the Mega Millions reached a record amount.

Edgar bought 10 tickets then, only to come out emptyhanded. He still went to the liquor store Friday and bought more, his weekly routine.

"I always think I might win."

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