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Long lines for Powerball tickets in Primm

Posted at 8:35 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 13:53:03-05

UPDATE: As of Saturday morning, the lottery stood at $900 million.


Hundreds of people waited three hours in line Friday just to get a shot at $800 million.

The Powerball jackpot rose to $800 million ahead of the Saturday drawing after no one won the Wednesday drawing, which would have granted the winner $675 million.

The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million.

People were just across the stateline in Primm where they could buy Powerball tickets in California. Nevada doesn't have the lottery.

People in line had a variety of answers of what they would do with the money.

"What would you do with the money? Save it."

"I'd like to take a road trip. Maybe in a limousine and have my champagne."

"My husband wants an airline. A private jet is too little."

"I would be giving money to our veterans."

Lottery winners can receive annual payments for the next 30 years -- or get a one-time cash payout of about $490 million.

Store managers eventually had to stop letting people in line as the store closed around 8 p.m.