Utahns cross state lines for Powerball, Mega Million tickets

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MALAD, Idaho (News4Utah) Nearly one billion dollars is up for grabs on two lottery drawings this weekend. 

Utahns are crossing state lines for their chance to be a multi-millionaire. 

At the KJ’s Superstore in Malad, the lottery line has remained steady. 

Manager Jeff Green said nearly all of the players getting lotto tickets are from Utah, since gambling is illegal in the Beehive State. 

Casey Tracy drove nearly two hours from West Jordan for his chance to win big. 

“I play it every month,” said Tracy, who put down $200 for both games. 

Combined, the Powerball and Mega Millions total the third largest payout in lotto history. 

John Hurtado senior and his son came from Salt Lake City. 

“We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot,” Hurtado said.  

Over two months without a winner, the Mega Millions Jackpot stands at $450 million. The Powerball Jackpot has reached $570 million. 

“It’s been busy all week,” said Green. 

Green brought in twice the number of employees Friday to feed the lotto madness. 

They’re working minimum ten hour shifts to man the store’s six lotto machines. 

“We never have had the jackpot but we are hoping it’s this time,” Green said.

Two Utahns won $1 million each playing Powerball at KJ’s in 2017. 

The Mega Million drawing is Friday night at 9 MST. The Powerball drawing is Saturday at 8:59 PM MST. 

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