Jan.24, 2021 By Christina Santucci
An Astoria convenience and smoke store that sold a $1 million lottery ticket has been seeing a boom in business this weekend from customers hoping the shop will also bring them luck.
“I never thought selling the winning ticket would bring so many people in,” said clerk Saadain Shabbir, 18, at High Rollers Smoke Vape & Convenience. “They usually say it’s the lucky place.”
The shop, located at 33-22 21st St., sold the ticket that scored second prize in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.
The winning ticket was sold in Michigan and that prizewinner nabbed the $1.05 billion jackpot – or a $776.6 million lump sum – the second-largest prize in Mega Millions history, officials said in a statement.
Shabbir said the Astoria vape shop had been busy leading up to Friday’s drawing. “The jackpot was $1 billion, so who wouldn’t want that,” he said.
The second-prize ticket sold in Astoria was one of 10 runner-up tickets sold across the country. There was one other New York store that sold a second prize ticket– Bolla Market in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Second-prize ticket holders can choose between $1 million in long-term payments or a $633,040 lump sum.
So far, the Queens winner has not come forward to claim the prize, according to a spokesperson for the New York Lottery.
Shabbir said he hopes that the winner visits the shop. “If they do, I will congratulate them,” he said.
The store has printed and hung signs on the front door and the cash register about the $1 million ticket.
One customer using the ATM in the shop Sunday morning laughed when asked about the winner. “It’s great for whoever won it. I wish it was me,” she joked.
The New York Lottery spokesperson also confirmed that J&T Supermarket, at 117-31 Farmers Blvd. in St. Albans, sold a Take 5 ticket worth $38,486.