Lottery players striking it rich in Peninsula 

It seems Redwood City has all the luck of the lottery these days.

In one week, three stores sold winning lottery tickets for a combined cash prize of $674,000, the California Lottery said.

The first winning ticket was purchased Feb. 11. That ticket was a Daily Derby in which players need to correctly guess the horses and their times in a race.

Dave Gutierrez claimed the $217,258 prize Wednesday, lottery spokeswoman Kelly Kell said.

Kell said she could not give out information on Gutierrez and that he declined media interviews.

The largest jackpot for Daily Derby was closer to $500,000, Kell said.

Nain Lachan, owner of the Arco AM/PM convenience store on Woodside Road that sold Gutierrez the winning ticket, said he’s expecting to see a slight increase in sales of tickets now that his store sold a winner.

Since the lottery’s inception in 1985, players have contributed more than $22 billion to California schools through total sales of nearly $59 billion. Retailers’ compensation is an estimated $3.8 billion, according to Kell.

According to the lottery Web site, no winning SuperLotto tickets have been purchased in Redwood City since 1985. Seven winning SuperLotto tickets, though, have been purchased in San Mateo County, including one for $22 million and another for $27 million, each in San Mateo.

The SuperLotto and Mega Millions, with bigger cash prizes, may bring in more business to stores that sell winning tickets, Kell said, when compared to Daily Derby.

For instance, on Feb. 16, the Sequoia Smoke and Sunrise store on El Camino Real sold a winning Mega Millions ticket worth $269,594. That ticket matched five of the six numbers, Kell said, all but the Mega number.

Shop owner Tien Nguyen said his store sells a number of lottery tickets, but they have not had a winner.

“We sell so many, I don’t know if there is an increase,” he said

Nguyen said he and his wife play the lottery, but they, too, have been unlucky so far.

The 7-Eleven location on Woodside Road sold a winning Fantasy 5ticket, also Feb. 16, with a prize worth $187,484.

The Mega Millions and Fantasy 5 prizes have yet to be claimed, but Nguyen said he has a feeling who the prize winner was.

“We just have to wait for him to come in,” he said.

Winning streak

Three lottery tickets with big payouts were sold in Redwood City in a six-day span:

Sold: Feb. 11
Where: Arco AM/PM on Woodside Road
Game: Daily Derby
Prize: $217,258

Sold: Feb. 16
Where: Sequoia Smoke and Sunrise on El Camino Real
Game: Mega Millions
Prize: $269,594

Sold: Feb. 16
Where: 7-Eleven on Woodside Road
Game: Fantasy 5
Prize: $187,484

Source: California Lottery

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