Local businesses sold tickets to residents leading up to the final drawing of the largely unsuccessful Super 6 game before it is replaced by the Match 6 game beginning Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004.
"We've had more people than usual," said James Seacrist, of Seacrist's News Agency on Main and Bridge streets. "People that don't usually buy."
Seacrist said that sales have been steadily increasing since Friday, which was when the most recent drawing of the Super 6 was held.
"People came out early," said Manjula Karsalia, co-owner of Save More variety store. "It was busiest in the morning because of the bad weather."
Vinod Karsalia, co-owner of Save More, said business was better because the final drawing of the game was advertised. Provided that the winning number is not drawn, the final drawing will divide the jackpot between ticket holders so that partially-matching numbers will earn more than usual.
"There wasn't a lot of interest in the game," said James Seacrist, comparing the ticket sales to that of Power Ball and larger jackpot games. The Super 6 will be replaced with the Match 6 game that has better odds.
"On a nasty night, people still play," said Esther Kombal, worker at Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixville. Regular customers and first-time Super 6 players ventured out in winter weather keeping the lottery sales steady all day, according to Kombal.
"That's why I'm here," said Vicky Bolger, who bought a Super 6 ticket, " for the last drawing."
Bolger, like others, heard about the last drawing on the radio and decided to take a chance because of the better odds.
"It isn't worth it," said Shirley Ceschan, of Phoenixville. She is a regular lottery player, but stays away from the higher jackpot games because of the poor odds compared to other lottery games.
Super 6 required matching all six numbers drawn out of the numbers 1 through 69. Tickets cost $1 for three chances, each chance separate from each other. The new Match 6 game is drawn from numbers 1 through 49, provides the same three chances. However, the six numbers can be from any combination of those three lines.
Tickets are now $2 each. Odds of drawing the winning numbers of Match 6 are one in over 4 million compared to the one in nearly 40 million odds of the Super 6.
"I haven't played in a while," said Luke Sheplock, of Phoenixville, as he filled out a Super 6 ticket at Gateway Pharmacy, " but I'm playing tonight (Tuesday)."
Final tickets for the Super 6 were sold until the drawing was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.