Store’s “lucky” reputation brings in Mega Millions players

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — “Lucky” Leon’s is what the locals call it, because people who play the lottery and buy their tickets in this store have a habit of winning.

The manager of the Forsyth County store, Ricky Patel, says reputation is everything. 

“People come from Lithia Springs to downtown Atlanta only for Leon’s...the name,” Patel said.

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One lottery player said she has three weddings to pay for and she thinks the jackpot will be able to cover it.

“I have a daughter, and her fiancé flew in from England,” Beth Andrick said.

Her daughter is supposed to get married in England, and Georgia, and in West Virginia.

“So I have three weddings to pay for,” she said.

She figures the nearly $800 million Mega Millions jackpot should cover it all quite nicely. 

This jackpot is now the fourth largest jackpot in Mega history

David Barrett says at that rate, he’s willing to share—with the store’s manager.


“Yeah, really! You gotta give some to the guy who sells it,” Barrett said.

Patel said the store’s current owner bought Leon’s a long time ago and decided to keep the lucky name. After all, a reputation is everything.

“The customers are coming from generation to generation, so we’ll keep the name as it is forever,” Patel said.

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