Idaho Lottery draws attraction from gamblers in Utah

Apr 9, 2012 7:16 PM

Utah, like Hawaii, does not have any forms of gambling conducted within its state borders. But that doesn’t stop its residents from crossing the state line to buy lottery tickets in Idaho.

A recent analysis of Idaho Lottery Commission financial data from 2011 has shown that 19.4 percent of lottery ticket sales came from sites on the Utah border, according to the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.

The owners of the border stores say the overwhelming majority of those sales come from Utahns.

A similar situation exists with Nevada residents. Although Nevada is the gaming capital of the country, state law prohibits establishment of a state lottery. So, Nevadans are constantly photographed standing in long lines at border stores waiting to purchase lottery tickets.