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Powerball fever has gone international

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 19:43:27-05

NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) -  Luck doesn't stop at the border.  Lottery retailers close to the border in Nogales are seeing a surge of players coming from Mexico to take a shot at the big jackpot.

Powerball is the hot ticket at Villas Market, just as it is in 44 states across the US.

But Villas Market is so close to the Mexican border that a lot of the buyers are from Mexico betting that luck knows no borders.

"Bigger share right now from Mexico right now than the locals," said Sergio Villa.

And when we ask what the split is?

"Oh no, right now it'd be if anything 80-20, I would say, maybe even 90-10."

Sergio Villa told KGUN9 he has a customer buying about three thousand dollars worth of tickets. That many tickets takes about an hour to print.

The man was afraid to show up on camera so a worker was shuttling tickets to him in the back.

Juan Osorio is from Tucson and works in Nogales.  He says he put in about 120 dollars.

"I want to be rich tomorrow you know? A billion dollars, you know," said Ororio. "But I try, you know. It's a dream. It's a dream."

Maybe you're wondering if foreigners can play and win Powerball.  They can, but they're in for more taxes. 30 percent off the top, compared to 25 percent for US citizens.