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Nearly one in five Idaho Lottery tickets are sold to Utah residents

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly one-fifth of Idaho's traditional lottery ticket revenues come from sales to Utah residents, who trek across the border from the state that outlaws all forms of gambling. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/HjMEmv) an analysis of Idaho Lottery Commission financial data from 2011 shows 19.4 percent of lottery ticket sales came from sites on the Utah border. The owners of those stores say the overwhelming majority of those sales come from Utahns. Alexis Daniels, manager of the Top Stop Chevron in Malad, Idaho, says 99 percent of its lottery tickets are sold to Utahns. Top Stop is the top-selling lottery store in Idaho — especially busy amid high-jackpot drawings like the $640 million Mega Millions record set last week. Utahns play scratcher and pull tab games far less often.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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