YUMA, Ariz. — San Diegans joined dreamers from Orange County and Los Angeles, driving hours to the Arizona border for a chance to win a $500,000 Powerball jackpot.
California is not one of the 42 states that take part in the Powerball lottery, so the closest place to buy tickets for many Southern Californians is Yuma, Ariz.
FOX5 News found dozens of Californians at an AM-PM mini-mart on Interstate 8 just across the Arizona border. They had driven from Imperial Beach, San Marcos, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Orange County and Los Angeles.
The people we spoke with said it took them between 2 and 3 hours to drive to Yuma. They spent between $10 and $100 on Powerball tickets and about $50 more on gas.
Was it worth it? They will find out Wednesday at 8 p.m. when lottery officials announce the winning numbers. The winning numbers will be posted on the Powerball website.