By RODNEY D. BOAM
Mariah Cooper from Salt Lake City came to Franklin’s LaTienda last Wednesday to buy Powerball tickets in the largest Powerball Lottery in history. Cooper bought 40 tickets at $2 a pop and stood waiting for her sister to buy more. The crowds at the Franklin County border town gas station and C-store filtered in all day until it really got nuts.
The Powerball Lottery generated more sales of lottery tickets across Idaho than any time before. For Franklin based LaTienda it was huge this time around, said Kelly Spackman, store owner.
“As soon as it got out how big it was, people began to come. There would be people in the morning before the store opened and they would be there when the store closed,” he said. “We tried to get everyone a ticket who wanted one.”
Dave Workman, spokesman for the Idaho Lottery, said sales were especially strong all over Southern Idaho, especially in Franklin and Malad.
“I was in eastern Idaho during the big event and sales were strong and very brisk in the border towns,” he said.
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