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Nov 9, 2015 6:28 PM

For first time in 3 years, Rochester lottery sales surpass Portsmouth

ROCHESTER - For the first time in 3 years, lottery sales are higher in one seacoast city than another.

According to data from the NH Lottery, sales are currently about $75,000 higher in Rochester than they are in Portsmouth - two of the largest cities on the seacoast.

“We sell a lot of lottery," said clerk Sara Ramsay of Signal St. Variety. "Just a lot of lottery and $1 tickets.”

According to the New Hampshire lottery, 2015 year-to-date sales in Rochester currently add to $6.4 million, while Portsmouth totals just over $6.3 million.

In 2013, Portsmouth topped Rochester $8.3 million to $7.9 million. In 2014, however, sales in the cities grew closer - with Portsmouth at $7.8 million and Rochester at $7.7 million.

The number of retailers selling lottery tickets, however, are nearly double in the Port City than they are in the Lilac City - with 39 in Portsmouth over Rochester's 23 retailers.

“There are some days when I sell $1,000 in tickets in one day," said Shirley Stretton of Portsmouth Provisions.

Census data shows more people live in Rochester, but income averages showed people in Portsmouth make more money annually.

According to the lottery, a higher population typically results in higher sales.

At least for now – however – the money is being spent in Rochester when it comes to the lottery.

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