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Want company when buying that Powerball ticket? Try these places

On Tuesday, lottery officials said the jackpot had increased to an estimated $700 million.
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On Tuesday, lottery officials said the jackpot had increased to an estimated $700 million.

People headed in droves to state lottery retailers Wednesday in the hopes of winning a massive jackpot in the Powerball game.

As of 1:54 p.m. Wednesday, $8,462 worth of Powerball tickets per minute were being sold, the Massachusetts State Lottery said in a tweet. That was up from $6,860 per minute at noon.

On Tuesday, lottery officials said the jackpot had increased to an estimated $700 million, the highest since the game’s record-setting jackpot of $1.586 billion was awarded more than a year ago. Tickets can be purchased until 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, and the drawing is a little more than an hour later, at 10:59 p.m.

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Want some company when you buy your tickets? Here is a list of the top lottery retail outlets in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. These places probably will be abuzz with people chasing their dreams of easy riches.

The busiest lottery sale locations in Massachusetts
Rank Name Address City/Town FY17 Sales
1 Ted's Stateline Mobil 551 Broadway St Methuen $15,895,112
2 Dick's Variety North 4 Main St Salisbury $8,597,518
3 Stateline Liquors 45 Toll Rd Salisbury $7,764,645
4 Lukoil 397 Middlesex Rd Tyngsboro $7,237,534
5 Skelley's State Line 1201 Main St. Haverhill $6,577,592
6 Lanzillis Fuel 931 Bennington St East Boston $6,500,743
7 Hilltop Farms 201 Pulaski Blvd Bellingham $5,974,368
8 Dairy Mart 160 Squire Road Revere $5,525,935
9 Robinsons News 1556 Eastern Ave Malden $4,955,396
10 Route 110 Convenience 196 East St Methuen $4,821,313
11 Common Grounds Cafe 10 Ayers Village Rd Methuen $4,820,756
12 Lucky Express 13 West Creek Rd Nantucket $4,817,557
13 Daily Mart 267 Spring St Medford $4,735,878
14 7-Eleven 37495 320 Neponset Ave Dorchester $4,434,037
15 Mr Mike's Restaurant 1149 Main St Rt-125N Haverhill $4,369,734
16 Dracut Center Convenience 1388 Bridge St Dracut $4,335,073
17 Acres Newsstand 1924 Wilbraham Road Springfield $4,332,369
18 Richdale 75 Chickering Rd North Andover $4,325,326
19 Kristinas Market 502 Riverside Ave Medford $4,325,144
20 Sunny's Cigar Store 1635 Blue Hill Ave Mattapan $4,293,526
21 Twins Market 124 Rockland St Hanover $4,275,437
22 Dandea's Superette 790 Main St Malden $4,204,592
23 Jiffy Mart 4 Howard St Saugus $4,203,145
24 Quick Pic Convenience 1343 Carew St Springfield $4,157,436
25 New Store On The Block 845 Dorchester Ave Dorchester $4,130,917
26 7-Eleven 37496 1217 Mammoth Rd Dracut $4,064,494
27 Hennessy News 464 No Franklin St Holbrook $4,061,219
28 Country Trading Post 771 Burnett Rd Chicopee $4,027,920
29 Town Convenience 41 Main St Stoneham $3,939,485
30 Joe's Market Place 260 Centre St Quincy $3,916,449
SOURCE: Massachusetts State Lottery