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California tickets sales prior to Primm

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

This is a little hard to believe but read on. Prior to Primm opening on the Cal. / Nev. border, a town of 60 people had the highest ticket sales in the State of California.

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Nipton
Unincorporated community
Nipton, California
Nipton is located in California
County  San Bernardino


Nipton is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, on the northern edge of Mojave National Preserve, west of Searchlight, Nevada and accessible via Nevada State Route 164. It has a population of 60 people.......
For many years, Nipton had the most lottery ticket sales in the state for the California State Lottery.[citation needed] When a new office opened nearby, immediately outside Primm, Nevada, Nipton lost its number one ranking, as Primm was easier and faster to get to for Las Vegas residents and others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipton,_California

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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    Posted: May 28, 2015, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

    Yo CoinToss,

    Been there many times, the 1st time was so long ago I don't remember how I found it,

    maybe there was a billboard ad on the "Highway to Hell" AKA  I-15 ?

    or maybe just my habit of looking for small towns off the beaten path ?

     

    Back then Primm was called Stateline, but you already knew that.

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      Posted: May 28, 2015, 11:18 pm - IP Logged

      haymaker,

      Yeah, all the 'border' casinos on I-15 went up around the same time.

      Nipton was just about an hour from Vegas, a nice little get out of town getaway.

      One time I went to Nipton and a train stopped, blocking the highway. The California lottery was pumped up for the next draw, and the engineer gad went in to get lottery tickets. When he waved the tickets in the air everybody started clapping and cheering.

      As for Primm, until then the California law to sell lotto was you had to be in business at the same location for five years. Primm (the family that owns it, thus Primm) they put the gas station and lotto sales just over the California line (literally) and were selling tickets from day one.

      I don't know if there are still two Gold Strikes but the first one was on the way to Boulder City. So then these border hotel casinos pop up and there's A Gold Strike there, also.

      "You were supposed to meet me at the Gold Strike".

      "I'm at the Gold Strike".

      "So am I, where are you?"

      "Gold Strike, on the way to Boulder City."

      "Oh no."

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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        Posted: May 30, 2015, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

        Setting the way back machine here again,

        when it was called Stateline the casino now called Primm resort was called "The Prima-Donna,

        after Gary Primm's wife, Donna.

         

        I knew a few people in Socal that would always make "Whiskey Pete's" on the southbound side of I-15  their last stop.

         There's a gas station there to fill your tank before you took a chance

        w/any money you had left, and that tank of gas would get you home to Orange County.

         

        I think that Gold strike on Boulder had a big fire and then reopened as Boulder station if I'm thinking of the same place as you.

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          Posted: May 30, 2015, 11:07 pm - IP Logged

          Oh yeah, before the border craze Whiskey Pete's was THE stop.

          Some of the worker took a bus, some made the drive from Vegas. I knew one guy who said it was a real grind joint but a lot of the players came in buses and left 45 minutes later so it wasn't like having all day strokers on a game in Vegas.

          I wish I would have taken a couple of place mats from the restaurant. When it was the only place for miles the place mat said, "Don't complain about out limited menu, just be glad for the food we do have for you", or something similar.

          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

          Lep

          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.


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            Posted: May 31, 2015, 1:35 am - IP Logged

            I have been to Primm  Nv. when the jackpot was high, there would be a line 1/2 mile or longer in 100 degree weather, you would be in line 2or 3 hours before you made to the front door. It's worth a 30 minute drive to Backer Cal. to but your tickets, in and out in less then two minutes.

             

            Check out this video of Primm Nv. lotto store....... Primm Nv.

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              Posted: June 1, 2015, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

              Definitely would prefer the xtra 30 minutes drive to... I think you mean Baker, but couldn't you still go to Nipton ?

               

              where'd you go ?

              Maybe that link wasn't allowed ?

              It doesn't work, it takes you to usamega.

              Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.