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Rush to buy lottery tickets brings 4-hour wait at store near Primm

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Reinaldo Nunley, a Greyhound bus driver, displays his 56 Mega Millions lottery tickets at the Primm Valley Lotto Store across the state line at Primm Thursday, March 29, 2012. Nunley said he bought 56 tickets because 56 is a lucky number for him.

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Reinaldo Nunley, a Greyhound bus driver, displays his 56 Mega Millions lottery tickets at the Primm Valley Lotto Store across the state line at Primm Thursday, March 29, 2012. Nunley said he bought 56 tickets because 56 is a lucky number for him. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegans and others started turning out as early as 6 a.m. Thursday at the Primm Valley Lotto Store to claim their spot in line and get a chance to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.

The wait to buy a $1 ticket for a shot at the record $540 million jackpot was about four hours Thursday morning.

By 11:30 a.m., the line at the red and white lottery store, which opened at 8 a.m., had stretched to more than 1,000 people.

Since lottery tickets are not sold in Nevada, the Primm Valley Lotto Store on the California-Nevada border is one of the closest places Las Vegas residents can get a piece of the Mega Millions action.

The drawing for the jackpot will take place Friday night, and tickets will stop being sold around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

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  1. Just wait until next week if it misses Friday.

  2. That Primm Lotto store has sold two fantasy 5 jackpot winners in the last two weeks.The two games are miles apart in terms of overall odds,but hot is hot and you cant win if you don't play!

  3. Where do these people get this kind of time to dump down a rat hole?

  4. On ABC network news last night I heard tHe odds of winning are 1 in 170,000,000.

    I also saw a piece on an attorney who "specializes" in big lottery wins. He said if you go in with a group of people - draw up a contract. He listed a lot of points most people don't even think about. One thing that sticks in my mind because there was an incident recently about this is, if someone does not participate one week because of whatever reason and is a weekly participant, make sure that person is included in the final win. Or else that person can turn around and sue for his/her share of the money.

    Kinda agree with SunJon - must be nice to have that kind of time to drop money on something they have a slim chance of winning.

    As an afterthought, If Nevada was part of these big lotteries, you wouldn't have that many people buying tickets because most would realize it's a pipe dream and to win on any of these multi-state lotteries is a waste of time and money.

  5. Let's see, elect a ultra liberal president who tells the world to stop coming to Las Vegas or your company will face the wrath of a Obama loving media famous for smear campaigns.

    The president, in his previous vocation as a do nothing senator, votes for programs and policies that help his banker and wall street buddies make millions in home loan programs that eventually kick people out of their homes.

    Than add to that his desire to create questionable tax liabilities for business who stop hiring because they don't know what's in the healthcare takeover or how much it will cost them.

    Tell businesses that depend on material made with fossil fuels or depend on products that are delivered with fossil fueled vehicles that you will be paying $8 a gallon gas, please pass the price increase on to your consumer who stops buying locally.

    Thus unemployment skyrockets to record levels, and some idiot asks where do all these people get the time to stand in line??

    Hope for change and you wont have people needing to stand in any more lines!!