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Nevadans flock to Arizona for Powerball tickets

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Saturday's $325 million Powerball jackpot has Nevadans making the drive to Arizona to buy tickets.

Nevada does not have a lottery, forcing residents to go out of state to take part.

A store and restaurant called Arizona Last Stop is the closest lottery retailer to Southern Nevada, just off Highway 95, 24 miles from the Hoover Dam Bridge.

"The lottery is through the roof," said co-owner Lynda Ducas. "It's gonna be incredible tomorrow (Saturday) because tomorrow's the draw. So we are looking forward to a very, very busy day tomorrow."

Powerball just changed their rules in January, upping the cost to $2 a ticket to drive larger jackpots.

They also reduced the powerballs by five to improve odds.

But those odds of winning are still 175 million to one.

Winners will have a choice of taking the money in 29 yearly installments or a lump sum, which will be more than $200 million.

Taxes on the amount are estimated around 36 percent.

If no one wins Saturday, Wednesday's drawing is expected to be the largest in history topping $400 million.

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