Powerball fever spreads into Canada

With hours left until the winning numbers are drawn in the record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball lottery, Canadians are doing all they can to get their hands on a ticket.

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Canadians crossed the U.S. border ahead of Wednesday's draw to pick up tickets for the U.S. lottery at nearby gas stations and convenience stores.

For those willing to make the trip, the majority of border-crossings reported no delays for travellers heading into the U.S. as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Queenston-Lewiston Bridge across the Niagara River in Ontario reported the lengthiest wait time, with an 18-minute delay.

But some businesses are making it easier for those looking to play the lottery without having to cross the border.

Toronto bakery World Class Bakers handed out 500 Powerball tickets on Tuesday to customers who spent a minimum of $20. The giveaway was so successful that the bakery offered the same promotion on Wednesday, this time with 1,000 tickets up for grabs, prompting dozens of shoppers to lineup outside the business before it opened.

Following World Class Bakers' example, downtown Toronto restaurant Tortilla Flats and Fashion Jewellery Outlet in Vaughan, Ont. are also giving away Powerball tickets to their customers.

Meanwhile, Washington lottery officials have said they'll help any potential Canadian Powerball winners collect their prize money, after concerns were raised about a little-known U.S. lawthat could prevent cross-border players from cashing in on the jackpot.



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