September 29, 2012

Istanbul's Luckiest Lottery Kiosk Feeds Turkish Appetite for Numbers Game


It may be the luckiest lottery booth in the world. It's certainly one of the most popular. In the heart of Istanbul's historic Eminönü district, the Nimet Abla lottery kiosk has become so renowned for producing regular winners that it has become a magnet for the punters. 

People travel for miles around – from well beyond the city limits – to snap up a ticket. Others will make proxy purchases, posting the slips to friends and relatives in other cities. Such is the kiosk's reputation that one in 10 lotto tickets in Turkey is sold here, and demand from all over the country as well as from abroad has been so high that the firm started online sales last year. 

Melek Nimet Özden founded the kiosk, lending it both her name and her luck. Nimet Abla ("Big sister Nimet") started selling lottery tickets in 1928, and after she won the big new year's lottery draw in 1931 her shop earned nationwide fame as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey. 

Read more on The Guardian: Istanbul's Luckiest Lottery Kiosk Feeds Turkish Appetite for Numbers Game

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