Utahns flock to Idaho for Powerball frenzy

By Cristina Rendon

Published 05/17 2013 09:46PM

Updated 05/17 2013 10:15PM

MALAD, Idaho (ABC 4 Utah) - The biggest jackpot in Powerball has Utahns in a ticket buying craze.

Dozens crossed the Idaho border and lined up at KJ's Kwik Stop in Malad for the chance to win $600 million.

A jackpot that big had people thinking about that they would do with all the cash.

Some said the wanted to travel the world. Others said they would donate to charity.  

Aside from the dreamers and do-gooders, most Utahns said they would buy themselves and their families out of debt.

"It's not a good retirement plan," David Ott from South Ogden said. "It's just something nice if it happens."

Many people bought tickets as part of their company's office pool, like Richard Harris from Kaysville. Harris drives to Idaho every five weeks to buy lottery tickets for himself and co-workers.

"I told some people, 'If you don't see me at work Monday then somebody at my company won' but I was joking," Harris said.

A couple of power outages disturbed ticket transactions early Friday morning, but Area Supervisor for KJ's, Gregg Green, said the problem was quickly fixed.

"Once we got the problem take care of everything ran real smooth," he said.

Green said the store has never had a complete jackpot winner, so Malad is due.

The chance of winning the Powerball is one in 195,000,000. With those odds you're 251 times more likely to be struck by lighting than to win the Powerball.

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