Dear Sun Spots: What happens to the unclaimed winnings of the Tri State Megabucks lottery now? They used to roll it into the Christmas week jackpot.

I enjoy reading your column. – J.V., Lewiston.

Answer: Sun Spots received a voice mail message response from Rich at the Maine State Lottery who says the unclaimed and expired winnings go back to the players in the form of smaller prizes. Instead of one winner winning an annuitized million dollars, thousands and thousands of winners receive smaller prizes. So it sounds like there are many more winners.

You might enjoy noting that, according to the Maine State Lottery Web site, the idea of starting a Maine lottery operation was first championed by Rep. Arthur Genest of Waterville. In 1973, Genest sponsored a bill to introduce a lottery in Maine. When the public was asked to vote in 1973, the answer was a resounding “yes,” and the Lottery began operations in 1974.

Then-governor Kenneth M. Curtis drew the first lottery numbers on June 27, 1974. The numbers were printed on large rubber balls and drawn from a gum ball machine. A Lewiston mechanic, Ivan Lazure was the first winner, with a $20 jackpot.

Maine has had the most jackpot winners in the Tri-State area: 187; New Hampshire comes in second with 148; and Vermont has 75.

Dear Sun Spots: Is there more current demographic information on the Lewiston-Auburn areas other than the 2000 census? Where could this be found? Thanks. – Jim Moran, No Town.

Answer: You might like to check out the Census’ Web site at www.census.gov.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you please tell me where the nearest Glamour Shots is located? Also, why did they close at the Maine Mall? – B.L.B., West Bethel.

Answer: There is no longer one in Maine, and Sun Spots was unable to discover why when discussing it with the corporate office in Oklahoma. However, you should note these are franchises and Sun Spots did locate one in Salem, N.H. For more information contact the Glamour Shots in Salem at 99 Rockingham Park Blvd., Salem, NH 03079, (603) 898-4700.

Dear Sun Spots: A while back, I think that there was a Rawleigh dealer in Auburn on Third Street. I have lost his name and I would like to buy a product from him. I would like his name and address so I could buy the product I need. I hope you can help. – A Lisbon Resident.

Answer: Sun Spots believes you are referring to Normand McGraw, 49 Third St., Auburn, (207) 783-8196 who carries Rawleigh products. McGraw also carries Stanley, Fuller Brush, Avon and Shaklee products. If no answer, please leave a message on the machine.

In addition, contact Chuck’s Corner, 699 Sabattus St., Lewiston, ME 04240, (207) 784-8176 for Rawleigh products. Chuck’s also carries Fuller Brush, and Watkins products. They’re open 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sundays they are open noon to 5 p.m.

You might also try ordering Rawleigh products online at http://www.herbal-connection.com/Rawleigh_Order_Form.htm. To write to them do so to Pamela Reynolds, 1329 Cox Road, Pamplico, SC 29583.

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