Players go to great lengths for lottery tickets in US

January 13, 2016 7:07 pm

Patrons line up to buy Powerball lottery tickets outside the Primm Valley Casino Resorts Lotto Store just inside the California border. Photo / AP As if the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot weren’t inconvenient enough, people who live in the six states that don’t participate have to put in considerable extra effort if they want a ticket.
In Nevada, they have to drive across the desert and wait in lines that can stretch for hours. In Hawaii and Alaska, they need to cross an ocean or mountains to reach a lottery kiosk.
None of the six states has a lottery of any kind.
Religious beliefs have posed a barrier in Alabama, Mississippi and Utah. Alaska has been more concerned that a lottery wouldn’t pay off in such a sparsely populated state.
The idea always fails in Hawaii. And in Nevada, the state’s casinos have no interest in the competition.
Patrons line up to buy Powerball lottery tickets outside the Primm Valley Casino Resorts Lotto Store just inside the California border. Photo / AP Patrons line up to buy Powerball lottery tickets outside the Primm Valley Casino Resorts Lotto Store just inside the California border. Photo / AP

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