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Turks across the country gather around their televisions at midnight on New Year’s Eve, not to see a ball drop or a celebrity performance, but to check the lottery results. Every year, the national lottery hosts a special New Year’s Eve drawing with an especially big jackpot. Millions of people participate in this tradition, with many waiting in line for hours to purchase a ticket from the Nimet Abla booth in Istanbul. This booth has produced more lottery-winning tickets than any other and is considered especially lucky.