Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 1:51 p.m.
A Primm Valley retail outlet, long favored by Las Vegans playing California Lottery games, sold a ticket this week that was just shy of winning a $360 million Powerball jackpot.
The California Lottery reported a ticket sold at the Primm Valley Lotto Store, which is 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas and just over the California border, matched all five regular numbers but did not match the Powerball number in Wednesday’s drawing. The ticket, one of six such runnersup sold in California for Wednesday’s drawing, is worth $256,317.
Powerball is offered in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 35. Tickets cost $2. Drawings are twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
California joined the multistate Powerball game earlier this year.
No tickets matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s drawing, moving Saturday’s estimated Powerball jackpot to a near-record $550 million. The largest Powerball jackpot ever was $587 million in November 2012.
Nevada is one of five states that prohibits lotteries.
Saturday’s Powerball drawing is at 7:59 PDT. The Primm Valley Lotto Store is open from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. daily.