You’ve heard that Powerball is at $1.5 billion now, but is your state participating in the multi-state lottery? Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
If you’re in one of the following six states, however, you’re out of luck:
These states don’t have state lotteries, so they also don’t sell tickets for Powerball or any other multi-state lottery, according to Time. When possible, these state residents are crossing the border to buy Powerball tickets.
Why the states don’t have lotteries is complicated and depends on each state. Alabama and Utah don’t support gambling because of most residents’ religious beliefs. Alaska seems to be doing too well in oil to bother with lotteries. Hawaii didn’t establish a lottery for fear it would hurt the state’s tourism industry, BBC reported. Mississippi and Nevada, meanwhile, don’t have state lotteries because casinos are powerful there and oppose them, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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