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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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