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$100 Million Not What It Once Was

15 August 2001

CONNETICUT — August 15, 2001 –- As reported by the Greenwich Time: "Three years ago, when the Multi-State Lottery's Power-ball jackpot reached $295 million, many stores in Greenwich were overwhelmed. Lines of people stretched around buildings and some customers bought as many as 1,500 tickets.

"Contrast that to yesterday: Despite the fact the Powerball jackpot reached $100 million, demand for tickets was not much greater than usual.

"…`It needs to get to $140 or $150 million before you see long lines,' said Ashok Sheth, the owner of Greenwich Cigar on Railroad Avenue.

"…Tom Enright, the owner of Delavan Delicatessen, said a lack of advertising is to blame for the relatively slow sales. Once people read about the jackpot or hear about it on TV, tickets will start selling much faster, he said. Already, he added, word of mouth is beginning to travel.

"…Still, business at the deli is nothing like what it was three years ago, when the line for tickets stretched halfway down the block…"

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