LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Lottery lines at Primm remained long, with combined Powerball and Mega Millions lottery jackpots reaching over $ 1 billion.
Tino Diaz from Las Vegas arrived at the Primm Lottery Store around 8:30 a.m. and found himself in the back of a nearly quarter-mile line.
Diaz saw the jackpot for the designs and decided to make the half-hour trip to California to get his tickets.
âI think that’s what attracts people here,â Diaz said. “They are looking for this big payoff.”
Diaz had been in line for about three hours.
Another local took a faster route.
âIt took me about a minute and a half,â said Henderson resident Tom Darrow.
Darrow took advantage of the quick pick line at the lottery store.
A quick pick line is a much smaller line that only sells tickets in $ 20 increments for a single drawing.
Darrow shared his thoughts on quick picks.
“It’s one of those things where if you’re going to win it, you’re going to win it somehow.”
Many of those online were looking to buy for future designs. Some people have spent hundreds of dollars on tickets.
Diaz said he plans to spend around $ 100 and an additional $ 40 on his neighbor.
âIf no one strikes tonight or in the near future,â Diaz continued, âmaybe I will.â
SHOULD YOU RISK $ 2 ON A TICKET?
Only if you expect to lose. According to AP, your odds of hitting either jackpot are extremely low, at 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball and 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions. The odds of winning smaller prizes are much better, but you are still unlikely to win back the money you spent on a ticket.
PUTTING OPPORTUNITIES IN PERSPECTIVE
Can’t imagine your chances of winning? Here’s how Andrew Swift, a math professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, described it to AP: The odds of winning Powerball are a little worse than flipping a coin and getting heads 28 times in a row.
For Darrow âEven if I get five numbers, even if I get four numbers, it’s just a few extra bucks, and I pay the ticket and have fun doing it. “
âEveryone needs a shot at something,â Diaz said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.