This lucky selection was three times the charm.
A trio of tickets shared this week’s $8.3 million LOTTO jackpot — all bought at the same suitably named Lucky Choice Convenience in Manhattan.
The three tickets bought in the Upper East Side store were the only ones to match all six numbers in the Wednesday night’s draw: 05, 10, 14, 20, 23 and 28.
According to New York Lottery, each prize-winning ticket receives an equal amount of $2.76million before taxes
Officials from the Lottery did not provide any further information on the winning tickets. They were not able to say if the winners were bought by the same people, or if it was a random coincidence.
The Post was also contacted by a staffer from Lucky Choice on West 72nd Street, just outside Columbus Avenue. He said that he did not know who bought the tickets nor the date they were purchased. He said that the manager wasn’t available for interview immediately.
According to New York Lottery statistics, the odds of winning even one winning LOTTO tickets are 1 in over 45 million.
The year 2021 is proving to be an excellent one for playing the lottery in New York.
In September, a Mega Millions lottery ticket bought in a Manhattan pizza joint won a staggering $432 million — the biggest in Big Apple history.
It was claimed earlier this month by two anonymous players collecting it under the name Goodtimez, LLC — one from Manhattan and one from Hillsborough in New Jersey.
After taxes, the couple received a lump sum amount of $204,654,268.
While easily the highest, they were among 34 people from the Big Apple who have come forward so far this year claiming prizes of $1 million or more — with four of them snagging at least $10 million.
Before September’s Pronto Pizza windfall, the previous biggest Big Apple win was the $343.8 million that Harlem retiree Robert Bailey, then 67, won in October 2018. After taxes, he shared $687 million Powerball with an Iowa winner, earning $125,396,690.
Not every win proves to be a stroke of luck, however — with previous jackpots leading to broken marriages and lost riches to lavish lifestyles and financial security for their families.