Behind the Scenes at a Small Biz: March Means 'Mega' Money
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. ( MainStreet) -- Maybe it was the luck of the Irish last month, but Card$mart co-owner Dana Norman couldn't believe her lotto sales from customers literally in a frenzy over trying to win their share of the record Mega Millions jackpot.
Following a strong February, Norman and her partner, Michele Rothberg, spent much of the month cleaning up from Valentine's Day, laying out Easter and Passover cards, ordering for Mother's Day and finally sending the discounted Christmas cards to storage.
Yet ticket sales for the Mega Millions lottery were a welcome surprise in the long, typically dead month of March. According to the Mega Millions website, sales were unprecedented for the March 30 drawing. With no winner since Jan. 24, the jackpot rose as high as $656 million -- the largest jackpot ever, according to the website. And by now we all know the outcome of that drawing. Three winning tickets were sold for the March 30 drawing.
|Mega Millions lifted sales in March for Card$mart.|
Card$mart of Plainview, N.Y., certainly played its part in Mega Millions sales. Norman says customers were coming out in droves to purchase tickets - and that was good for business, particularly in a month with no strong anchor holiday. (Unfortunately St. Patrick's Day isn't a big card-buying holiday, Norman says. And while Easter and Passover cards do somewhat better, the partners have learned that customers are very last-minute buyers.)
"Our lottery rep was shocked at the amount of lotto we sold with one terminal," Norman says.
As Norman mentioned in Month 2 , lotto in general is a big customer draw. Although Card$mart only earns 6 cents on the dollar for every ticket sold, when you have lines of eager players outside your door waiting to buy tickets, that eventually adds up.
"That Friday night of the drawing my son and I were in the store. We usually close at 7 p.m.
"People that don't play