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Primm Valley Lotto Store sells near-winner for $360M Powerball drawing

Jackpot in multistate lottery game estimated at $550 million for Saturday drawing


Steve Marcus

People line up to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets at the Primm Valley Lotto Store across the state line at Primm Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Lotto Fever

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 »

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.

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  1. I will never understand why Nevada doesn't have a lottery! It's crazy that we all have to go to another state to buy our tickets instead of from a casino or even a 7-11. I keep hearing it's the casinos that have some sort of influence and don't want it because they think it will compete with them but they don't stop people from buying them, they just make it harder on us is all.