Utahns Flood Wyoming for Powerball Tickets


EVANSTON, Wyoming (ABC4 Utah) – Convenience stores in Evanston Wyoming had long lines as thousands of Utahns flocked to buy Powerball tickets. Most drove over an hour, and for many it was their first time playing.

Brooke Williams drove from South Jordan with her friend and baby. While they knew the odds were slim they wanted a shot at the $1.5 billion jackpot. She even allowed her infant to help pick some of the numbers.

“We just asked her to pick them and she pointed her little finger towards them and that’s the one that we picked.”

Kiks convince store sold nearly $50,000 worth of tickets Wednesday, and $75,000 the day before. During the peak some people waited over 30 minutes just to get their tickets before the drawing.

Charles Paris is from Colorado and stopped to buy tickets for himself and friends in Hawaii. Even though his home state has Powerball he was on a road trip and wasn’t going to make it back before the drawing. He didn’t realize how many Utahns were coming over.

“I wasn’t sure I was going to make it rock springs by the cutoff. So I stopped here with everyone else from Utah.” Paris said laughing.

Those in line said they would pay off debts and help family members if they won. Some Utahns barely made the deadline to buy tickets after sales stopped at 8 p.m. Others were just minutes late and weren’t able to buy any.

As of Wednesday night there was at least one winner in Southern California, Tennessee, and Florida but other states have yet to report.

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