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Locals head for border for Powerball tickets

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

30 minutes south of Primm, NV, is the tiny town of Nipton, CA, where the Nipton Trading Post has one Lotto register.

It tallied more than $20,000 in Powerball tickets on Friday.

Vegas resident Tammy Maurice and her mom Dotty Daley waited in line for about two hours there.

Daley is from New Hampshire, where a wait of more than a couple minutes for a Powerball ticket is absurd.

"You never stand in line more than five or ten minutes, no matter how high the jackpot is," said Daley. 

The 175-million-to-one odds to win the estimated $600 million jackpot Saturday doesn't deter many like Las Vegan Jennifer Villafana from waiting for millions in Nipton.

"I think I'm going to win anytime I walk into a casino," said Villafana. "I'm gonna be a winner every time. It doesn't matter."

At Primm, the waits are, of course, longer.

Friday, the Lotto Store had lines outside and all around, averaging 2 1/2 hours.

If that line is too long to wait in, don't expect it to be any easier Saturday.

"The quiet before the storm tomorrow," as one Lotto Store employee put it.

The Lotto Store will be open at 8 a.m. until 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

The Nipton Trading Post closes its registers at 6 p.m.

The Last Stop on the Nevada-Arizona border will be selling Powerball tickets starting at 5 a.m. Saturday.

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