Houstonians’ last-minute shopping also includes hope for another kind of Christmas miracle

HOUSTON – Another kind of last-minute holiday shopping happened on Christmas Eve at Rudy’s in Rosenberg.

Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot of $187,000,000 is on the minds of many bidders, along with an even bigger Powerball prize of $400,000,000 to come on Christmas night.

Some of those buying tickets say they aren’t expecting the latter.

“I’m going to do a quick pick for mega millions and see if I can get lucky tonight,” said one customer who was part of a steady stream of customers buying tickets.

Another client, Becky Melendez, already knows how she wants to be paid.

“Cash option,” Melendez said. “That’s right, cash option. That way I’ll get everything.

For many in Fort Bend County, Rudy’s is the luckiest place.

“We’ve had a few winners in the past,” said convenience store worker Myra Zarate.

Part of the reason Rudy’s has seen a number of winners is that the store is one of the biggest ticket sellers in the area, according to state lottery officials. Rudy’s proudly claims to be the number one lottery vendor in Texas.

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“Any store is a lucky store, but this one is more like lucky,” shopper Joe Castellano said as he loaded up lottery tickets.

When KPRC 2 asked Melendez why Rudy’s was considered the lotto player’s lucky charm, Melendez gave some insight into the store’s history.

“When Rudy’s was started, it was a hometown person who owned the store and everyone trusted him. He said he had the lucky tickets and he did,” she said.

As for the winning formula, some like Tony Copeland relied on fate.

“I’ll let the machine pick it up,” Copeland said.

Everyone agrees that it will take a lot of luck.

That’s where KPRC 2 comes in. We’ve always been there for our viewers, while many are looking for the lucky numbers for the Friday and Saturday night draws, the Newsroom has found these winning numbers: 1, 2, 22, 25, 45 and a Powerball of 23.


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