Virden ranked 335th in state in lottery ticket sales
The city of Virden had the 335th highest lottery ticket net sales statewide per capita for the month of March 2016 -- up 169 spots from its February ranking.
The per capita lottery ticket sales in Virden was $23.95 per person.
Based on monthly sales records obtained by the Sangamon Sun, Virden generated $81,602 in net sales from its five lottery retailers in March 2016, compared to $82,054 in March 2015.
The city of Virden is in Macoupin County, and has a population of 3,407, according to 2010 census data. Neighboring municipalities are Thayer.
Average sales for municipalities in the region in March 2016 was $15,600.92.
Virden's top lottery retailer is Circle K #1213 located at 1000 N Springfield St, Virden, IL 62690.
Circle K #1213 generated 41 percent of Virden's March 2016 lottery ticket sales and 6 percent of Macoupin County's sales that month, which was $639,638.
A close look at sales by city shows that the top five cities with the highest lottery revenue per capita in Macoupin County in 2015 were Medora, Gillespie, Benld, Bunker Hill and Brighton.
Statewide, the top five cities with the highest lottery revenue per capita were Forest View, Burnt Prairie, McCook, Mapleton and Merrionette Park.
The top five cities in the state generated $5,496,719 in net sales -- 1 percent of the state's 2015 net sales amounting to $2,793,271,709.50.