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With $400M up for grabs, Las Vegans run for border

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A purchaser of lottery tickets hands over cash before being given his Powerball ticket in this undated image. (File/FOX5) A purchaser of lottery tickets hands over cash before being given his Powerball ticket in this undated image. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

With one of the largest jackpots in United States history up for grabs Wednesday night, people across southern Nevada are heading to neighboring states to try their luck.

The jackpot for the Powerball jackpot is at $400 million, making it the sixth largest jackpot ever, with a cash option of $227.8 million. The odds of winning it are 1 in 175 million.

Since the sale of lottery tickets is not legal in Nevada, people in the Las Vegas Valley who want to play are heading to either Arizona or California.

About 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, just across the California state line, many people stop at the Primm Valley Lotto Store to pick up their tickets. Shay Vogel, a spokeswoman for the store, said lines have not been terribly bad Wednesday, but tickets are selling at a consistent pace.

In Arizona, about 60 miles southeast of Las Vegas, southern Nevadans seem to favor the Last Stop in White Hills for their lottery tickets. Melissa Burke, a spokeswoman for the business, said she has seen a steady pace Wednesday, but there were no lines. She said a little increase is expected during lunch and after people leave work in the evening.

Burke said people must buy their tickets before 6:45 p.m. Las Vegas time in order to be in Wednesday night's drawing.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever - $590.5 million - was won by a Florida woman last May.

Mega Millions holds the record for the largest jackpot in history at $656 million. That massive heap of cash was split between three winning tickets in March 2012.

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