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Las Vegans can soon buy Powerball tickets in California

Powerball Lottery Fever

As the jackpot in the multi-state Powerball lottery passes $500 million, hopeful ticket buyers queue up outside the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, Ariz. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegans making the 40-minute drive south to Primm to buy lottery tickets will have a new game to play starting next year.

The Primm Valley Lotto Store announced Wednesday that it will begin selling Powerball tickets beginning April 8. The California Lottery Commission approved the game in a meeting late last month.

“We are very excited to offer the Powerball lottery at Primm Valley, as it is not only one of the most recognized lottery games in the country, but it has both tremendous drawing power and a loyal following,” Loren Gill, executive vice president and general manager of Primm Valley Casino Resorts, said in a statement.

Last month, two winners — one from suburban Phoenix — split a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot.

Primm is the go-to destination for many Las Vegas lottery players wanting tickets for popular games like Mega Millions, because the lottery is not played in Nevada.

When the Powerball jackpot rose above $500 million last month, the closest place Las Vegans could buy the $2 tickets was in Arizona.

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  1. Great now the odds just jumped another 10 million more so your chances are 1 in 186 million the poor mans tax just got richer at $2.00 a pop. I'll take a casino over this any day.

  2. I usually drive to Primm every few months when my drawings run out for the MegaMillions. It is a delightful change of pace that includes an outlet mall (that actually has deals), a casino and a good many places to eat. I will add Powerball to my Mega purchases. Wave good by to my lottery dollars, Nevada. It's your own fault. Or should I say the NV state house.