Lines form as locals look to cash in on Powerball fever

Rhet Pond of Quik Stop on Hualapai Mountain Road sells one of many a Powerball tickets Monday. The gas station has been busy with many people coming in to buy a ticket for the projected $1.4 billion jackpot. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

Rhet Pond of Quik Stop on Hualapai Mountain Road sells one of many a Powerball tickets Monday. The gas station has been busy with many people coming in to buy a ticket for the projected $1.4 billion jackpot. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

One in 292 million to win the Powerball? Never tell people the odds.

In the span of 10 minutes around lunch time on Monday, 30 people walked in to the Gas N Grub gas station on Hualapai Mountain Road looking to purchase Powerball tickets in advance of a projected $1.4 billion jackpot drawing Wednesday.

There was never a time when the line was empty.

"It's been insane," said Brandon Nez, who was working behind the counter at Gas N Grub on Monday afternoon. "We're getting hundreds of people by the hour. On the day of the draw, we will get lines out the back."

Nez said that a lady from Utah came in and bought $700 worth of Powerball tickets, and many people were buying multiple draws.

Quik Stop, just up the road, was having a similar turnout.

"It's been pretty crazy," said Rhet Pond. "We've had a continuous flow since Saturday. On Saturday night, lines of people were wrapped around the building."

According to Dion Lauck, the owner of Quik Stop, the gas station sold over $9,000 in lottery tickets on Saturday alone. He expects that to go up, and that the added foot traffic is helping out the store.

At both stores, multiple ticket buys were common. Most people were buying five or 10 entries at a time, with some buying far more.

The superstitious were out in force as well, with some lottery players reportedly asking the cashiers to choose numbers with a lucky rabbit's foot, or getting 100 individually printed tickets instead of printing them all at once.