MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Lottery ticket sales are now back to normal after the government shutdown, but so far sales haven’t picked up dramatically.

Downtown Minneapolis convenience store Zip-In reports selling only $50 worth of tickets since they resumed sales Thursday morning. A clerk believes consumers are protesting the state government for shutting down in the first place.

One woman missed her bi-weekly gambling, but claims she has considered buying less than her normal amount.

“I was thinking of buying less because I didn’t win. Nothing happened and I didn’t have tickets,” she said.

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She was also waiting to cash-in.

“I had about $33 that I was holding on to, going ‘Gosh I wish I could get some cash for these,'” she said.

Another downtown convenience store said they lost business during the shutdown.

“People would come in for water or chips and buy a ticket,” they said.

The lines are short for now, but store owners are hopeful people will stop in tomorrow to test their luck with this weekend’s drawings.

Comments (5)
  1. The Architect says:

    The Lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math. You aren’t going to win. Ever.

  2. Stranquist says:

    Wrong. People win all of the time. It is defeatist thinking like yours that causes a lottery loss. Think positively and it will happen.

  3. The Architect says:

    I’ll try that tonight with my whole paycheck and think positively. Then I can avoid having to come to work tomorrow. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner!

    1. lwonderlf says:

      You’re not very smart for an Architect

  4. randy says:

    What would make anyone think that people would be standing in line for tickets now that they’re selling them again? If people were that desperate to gamble while the state was closed down, they could have driven across the border and played

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