People Cross State Lines To Play The Powerball

Posted at 7:59 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 20:59:06-05

As Wednesday's Powerball jackpot continues to climb, more people are looking to get their hands on a ticket, and that includes people who don't live in states that run state lotteries, like Alabama.

On Monday, a constant stream of Alabamians poured into the K-May donut shop in Ardmore, Tenn., a Tennessee Lottery retailer located on the Tennessee-Alabama state line.  The store's parking lot was filled with Alabama plates.  Nearly everyone was there to buy a Powerball ticket for Wednesday night's drawing, currently projected to boast a world-record $1.4 billion jackpot.

"I'd like to be a part of it," said Steve Davis from Madison, Ala.  He joked: "Because Alabama doesn't have enough sense to vote the lottery in!"

Davis said the donut shop and several other stores along the state line see huge influxes of people wanting to buy tickets every time the jackpot skyrockets to astronomical levels.

Six states across the country do no have state lotteries, and thus, do not participate in the Powerball game: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.