Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-08-311
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B E Y O N p .- . T H E W0 J L J L J L J! L vsAi- AT HE- SIGNPOST L-kV V. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Utahns flock to Idaho border for lotto dream Tanna Barry editor in chief Jose Carvajal managing editor Amanda Stoots, 25, and two of her friends were hunting for a prize. Stoots, who works for the Department of Housing Services at' Weber State University, wanted to win the $294.8 million prize in last week's multistate Powerball lottery. This was the largest jackpot in the country. Many Utahns, including Stoots and her friends, surged past the Idaho border to buy lotto tickets.Neither Stoots nor her friends were the lucky winners as far as that lottery went. The four winning tickets were sold in New Hampshire, Delaware, Kentucky and Minnesota. "It kind of sucks, but it's riot like Idaho's not close," Stoots said.' Because Utah doesn't participate in any lottery, Stoots and . Co. jumped in a car and left for' Idaho, the closest place to buy a ticket. It took the trio two hours and five different stops to find a place that wasn't overcrowded. 'The first stop we made, the lines were too long," Stoots said. "We weren't gonna wait." Intending to go to the first place they could find on the Utah-Idaho border, the three ended up in Pocatello, 134 miles and two hours away. They were not the only people bitten by the lottery bug. Lotto fever hit most of the nation, causing people from all over to flock to gas stations to buy what they hoped was a winning Powerball ticket. Each week Powerball numbers are picked and each week a few more winners' emerge.' Powerball, which is a trademark of the Multi-State Lottery Association, is done in 21 of the 50 states. Playing Powerball A person has a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the $1 million Powerball prize. But millions of people do it each week. KC Spackman, co-owner of La Tienda, which is just one mile past the Idaho-Utah border, said, "It's just all about the dream, winning the million. People like to gamble." More and more people start playing when the odds get greater, too. Spackman said there are two ways to play Powerball. A person can have a computer randomly pick five numbers plus a Powerball or an individual can pick the numbers. The first five numbers need to range between one and 46, while the Powerball needs to be between one and 46. Spackman said people have a better chance winning if they do the computerized quick pick. It also takes less time. When a I VJ- ' ('- ? 7 i in i in --' km -f . ' - Amanda Stoots, a 25-year-old WSU student, stops in Denny's to grab a bite to eat on her four-and-a-half-hour trip to Idaho. Stoots and her friends were looking to win big in last week's Powerball lottery. person chooses their own numbers, they fill out a bubble sheet for each set of numbers. Powerball numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 9 p.m. People can buy their tickets up until 8 p.m. the day of the drawing. There are nine different ways to win (see chart). Flooding the border California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are four of the states that do not participate. However, retailers that sell Powerball tickets say many people flock across state boundaries to win large amounts of money. "It's absolutely crazy when the pot gets over a $100 million," Spackman said. "It's just rock 'n' roll." About 90 percent of Spackman's overall business comes from See Power page 3 Ways to win powerball One person in every 180,089,128 wins the jackpot by matching all five numbers and the Powerball. To match five straight numbers wins $100,000. . To match four straight numbers plus Powerball wins $5,000. To match four, straight numbers wins $100. To match three straight numbers plus Powerball wins $100. To match three straight numbers or-two numbers and Powerball wins $7. Powerball only is worth $3.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-08-31, Vol. 64, No. 10|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|