ELLSWORTH — Sales of Maine lottery tickets in 2015 were up 11.4 percent statewide over the previous year.
Hancock County players were big contributors to that growth. They spent $9,279,612 on the lottery in 2015, up from their 2014 spending by a hefty $1,280,000. That 16 percent increase was among the highest in Maine.
Washington County’s contribution increased 10.4 percent, from $9,012,761 in 2014 to $9,946,696. But percentages don’t tell the whole story. Washington County’s population of 31,808 is one of the smallest in the state. Per capita spending on lottery tickets in Washington County works out to $312 for every man, woman and child. That’s the highest per capita spending in Maine.
Hancock County, with a population of 54,696, had per capita spending in 2015 of $169.
Waldo County’s per capita spending on the lottery last year was the lowest in the state, $152.
The top seller of lottery tickets in Hancock County in 2015 with $574,964 in ticket sales was the perennial favorite, Tideway Market in Hancock. Circle K’s in Ellsworth ($458,166) and Bucksport ($442,532) finished second and third.
In Washington County, the favorite store was the Circle K in Calais ($504,278), followed by Tom’s Mini Mart in Machias ($461,023) and Matthews Country Store in Steuben ($409,490).