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Jackpots on the California side

Feelin’ lucky in Tahoe? Dick Jayne of Pleasanton does.

Jayne bought $20 worth of Super Lotto Plus tickets Tuesday after winning $8,000 in the Horizon Inn and Casino slot machines.

“This is my lucky day,” he said, leaving the liquor store on Harrison Avenue. “I’m going to hit every store from here to the (San Francisco) Bay area.”

Tonight, he hopes to win $82 million, the seventh-largest jackpot in the California State Lottery’s history. The largest was $118 million.

“It’s going to be absolutely nuts about 7 p.m.,” said Scott Moss of Al’s Chevron at Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50. The lottery drawing is at 7:45 p.m.

Moss said Tuesday’s sales at the filling station’s convenience store were double those of a usual day.

Lake Tahoe Liquor and Groceries also experienced a run for tickets by residents and tourists looking for quick picks and fast cash.

“I haven’t moved from this spot. I’ve probably sold $5,000 worth of lotto tickets today,” said Jami Spalinger, who was working the counter.

“Make it $5,005,” Kimberly James of South Lake Tahoe said, slapping down a $5 bill.

The largest amount Ski Run Liquor Market has sold to a customer was $300 worth of tickets during another jackpot run.

“We have a deal here at this store. Whoever buys a lotto ticket and wins has got to buy me a yellow Corvette,” manager Johnna Cristando said, flashing a big smile. “I’m not asking for much.”

South Shore resident Larry Christiansen lives on the Nevada side but came over to California to buy $5 in quick picks.

“I don’t buy every game, but I won in the first 13 weeks the game came out,” he said.

Since the early days, the California State Lottery has evolved into a gaming conglomerate. There’s the the Super Lotto, Lucky Shuffle, Desert Gold, Emerald Green, Big Money Tripler, the Fantasy Five and the Big Spin.

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