The Idaho Lottery is a big hit with some Utahns who cross the border to play.
Just a few miles into Idaho along Interstate 15, in the tiny town of Malad, sit two convenience stores, a Kwik Stop and a Top Stop Chevron. David Workman, spokesman for the Idaho Lottery, said, "They are the top two retail locations in Idaho."
Idaho Lottery Commission sales data for 2008 obtained by the Deseret News shows five of Idaho's top eight lottery retailers are on the Utah border. Utahns account for an estimated 7 percent of all Idaho Lottery sales last year.
The manager of the Kwik Stop, which is the number one seller, tells the Deseret News that 95 percent of his lottery customers are Utahns.
In 2008, lottery tickets sold in Malad, population 2,065, totaled $5.8 million dollars. Kwik Stop accounted for $2.44 million; Top Stop $2.31 million.
The profits go to Idaho schools. "Last year it topped out at $34.7 million was returned to the state," Workman said.