can you play the lottery in nevada

Nevada State Lotteries Laws

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Maybe you saw a news segment about a man from Michigan winning a Mega Millions drawing. Or maybe you’ve heard about friends in California playing scratch-off games. And you’ve dreamt about a chance to turn one little $2 ticket into a life on easy street. But Silver State residents are out of luck on the lotto front: there is no state-sanctioned lottery here. Here is a quick introduction to lotteries laws in Nevada.

Lotteries Laws in Nevada

All but six states have a state-run lottery, and Nevada is one of the six. The others are Bible Belt states Alabama and Mississippi, regional outliers Alaska and Hawaii, and eastern neighbors Utah. Although it may seem odd to allow so much gambling and gaming while outlawing a state lottery, Nevada’s state constitution is clear: “no lottery may be authorized by this State, nor may lottery tickets be sold.” While it is not illegal for Nevada residents to purchase tickets for out-of-state lotteries, the sale of lottery tickets from other states is prohibited within state lines. Nevada’s state lotteries prohibition is listed in the table below.

Distribution of Lottery Revenue

Additional Purpose of Lottery

Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment

Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition

Prohibited Related Activities

Lotteries Laws, Generally

State lottery laws (in the states that allow a government-sanctioned lottery) regulate everything from where, how, and to whom tickets can be sold, to how long a winner has to claim a prize and which state-funded programs will receive lottery revenues. The majority of states allocate their lottery proceeds to a general fund, and from there the lottery revenue is earmarked for specific projects like transportation infrastructure projects, public education initiatives, or environmental protections. States are permitted to participate in national lottery pools, like Mega Millions and Powerball, and multi-state contests like Monopoly Millionaire’s Club along with their own state-specific lottery games.

Related Resources for Nevada State Lotteries Laws

Even in the states that have them, lotteries laws can vary. And the line between illegal lotteries and legal gaming and gambling isn’t always the easiest to understand. You can consult with a Nevada gaming law attorney in your area if you would like legal assistance regarding a lottery or gambling law matter. You can also visit FindLaw’s section on Gaming Law for additional articles and information on this topic.

Chart providing details of Nevada State Lotteries Laws

Where should NV residents go for lottery tickets

The Powerball jackpot is now $1.5 billion and people all over the country are buying tickets in hopes of becoming the big winner.

However, the lottery is not available in Nevada and that means residents must make a decision on where to go to buy tickets and how long are they willing to stand in line.

On Monday, hopeful winners began lining up at 2:30 a.m. and stood in line for two to three hours at the Primm Lotto Store.

The lottery store in Primm is popular not only because it is the closest to Las Vegas, but it also known for selling winning tickets. Last week, it sold a ticket that matched 5 out of the 6 numbers for Powerball. That ticket was worth $1 million.

Other people would rather drive and additional 30 to 40 minutes from Primm to Baker and stand in line for a shorter period of time. On Monday, people with lottery fever were standing in line for about an hour.

Shell station in Baker’s got an hour wait for Powerball. Manager to crowd: “1 of you better win, I’m sick of this!”

Many Nevada residents also head to Arizona to buy tickets. Two of the closest locations there are Rosie’s Den and Arizona Last Stop.


Starting point: KTNV-TV Channel 13 near Valley View Boulevard and Desert Inn Road

All mileage is approximate. May vary depending on route.


Nipton Trading Post — 47 miles

Primm Lotto Store — 47.5 miles
Approximate wait time — 3 hours on Monday morning
Closing time: 7:45 p.m.

Stateline Service at Mountain Pass — 56 miles

Charles Brown Col on Highway 127 in Shoshone, Calif. — 62 miles

Baker (several locations) — 77 miles
Approximate wait time at Shell Station — 1 hour
Closing time at Shell Station and Jack in the Box — 9 p.m.

Barstow (several locations) — 134 miles

Needles (several locations) — 95 miles


Rosie’s Den in White Hills — 62 miles

Arizona Last Stop in White Hills — 63 miles

Grand Canyon Travel Center at Willow Beach — 67 miles

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