Upstate Lottery Players See Spike In Scratch-Off Wins -

Upstate Lottery Players See Spike In Scratch-Off Wins

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Lottery players in the Upstate appear to really be cashing in, creating a form of lottery fever.

"Oh, I can always use an extra $200,000," said lottery player Zane Bishop.

From Greenville to Gaffney and all the way in Anderson and Easley, the South Carolina Education Lottery says Upstate winners brought home a total of $1.5 million in scratch-off wins this April.

Now may seem like the luckiest time to scratch and win, but the math experts say don't bet on it. We took our lottery information to the Mathematics Department at Wofford College. Dr. Tom Wright tells us a string of wins proves nothing.

"That will happen just by chance," said Dr. Tom Wright. "Sometimes you go through a streak of not winning. And sometimes you go through a streak of not winning a lot. Both are consequences of the fact that they are random."

Wright says the randomness of lottery games works both for you and against you.

"They are printed at random or they are supposed to be printed at some sort of random," said Wright. "So they send them out everywhere. One ticket is supposed to be unrelated to the one before it and the one after it. So you win or lose exactly the same every time."

Even so, scratch-off players say they're still flocking to their favorite stores.

"I kind of like coming to this store," said Bishop. "Because I've been coming here for so long, for the most part I pretty much just stick here."

"I actually go the opposite way," said lottery player Brandy Tucker. "I feel like if they are winning then the other winning tickets are at other stores. So I go to the non-heard of stores hoping they still haven't hit."

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