Nevadans flock to Arizona for Powerball tickets

Nevadans flock to Arizona for Powerball tickets

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Nov 28, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Southern Nevada residents are flocking to the Arizona border for Powerball lottery tickets.

The record Powerball jackpot grew to $500 million on Wednesday morning from the previously posted $425 million.

Powerball officials said huge ticket sales nationally are pushing the payout higher. A single winner choosing the cash payout will take home $327 million before taxes.

Since Powerball tickets are not sold in Nevada or California, Las Vegas-area residents are crossing the border into Arizona for tickets.

Popular places to purchase those tickets include Rosie's Den and Last Stop, both on U.S. 93, miles past the Hoover Dam.

The jackpot is the largest ever in the Powerball game and the second-largest lottery jackpot of all time, eclipsed only by the $656 Mega Millions record set in March.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.