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Jackpot, Nevada
census-designated place
Jackpot, Nevada viewed from a hill to the west
Jackpot, Nevada viewed from a hill to the west
Jackpot, Nevada is located in Nevada
Jackpot, Nevada
Jackpot, Nevada
Location in the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 41°58′52.58″N 114°39′54.35″W / 41.9812722°N 114.6650972°W / 41.9812722; -114.6650972Coordinates: 41°58′52.58″N 114°39′54.35″W / 41.9812722°N 114.6650972°W / 41.9812722; -114.6650972
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyElko
Founded1954
Elevation5,213 ft (1,589 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,195
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code89825
Area code(s)+1 775
 
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Jackpot, Nevada
census-designated place
Jackpot, Nevada viewed from a hill to the west
Jackpot, Nevada viewed from a hill to the west
Jackpot, Nevada is located in Nevada
Jackpot, Nevada
Jackpot, Nevada
Location in the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 41°58′52.58″N 114°39′54.35″W / 41.9812722°N 114.6650972°W / 41.9812722; -114.6650972Coordinates: 41°58′52.58″N 114°39′54.35″W / 41.9812722°N 114.6650972°W / 41.9812722; -114.6650972
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyElko
Founded1954
Elevation5,213 ft (1,589 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,195
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code89825
Area code(s)+1 775

Jackpot is a census-designated place in Elko County, Nevada, United States. The Zip Code Tabulation Area for its ZIP code, 89825,[1] had a population of 1,195 as of the 2010 census.[2] Located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Idaho border on U.S. Route 93, Jackpot has been a popular casino gaming destination for residents of Idaho and other neighboring states since its founding.

Jackpot is located approximately 45 mi (72 km) south of Twin Falls, Idaho, a city of approximately 40,000. Although officially part of the Elko micropolitan area, Jackpot is often considered part of the Greater Twin Falls region.[3]

After Idaho outlawed all forms of casino gaming in 1954, "Cactus Pete" Piersanti and Don French moved their slot machine operations from Idaho to the Jackpot townsite. Piersanti's and French's gaming establishments were named Cactus Pete's and the Horseshu Club respectively. Piersanti in particular is credited for founding Jackpot as well as for naming it.[4] Cactus Pete's management took over the Horseshu in 1964 to form what would eventually become Ameristar Casinos.[5] The Ameristar-owned Cactus Pete's and Horseshu, as well as the independent Barton's Club 93 and the Four Jacks Casino, form the basis of the town's economy to this day.

In addition to its casino industry, Jackpot has its own schools,[6] golf course,[7] and post office.[8]

Jackpot is in the Pacific Time Zone,[9] but unofficially observes Mountain Time,[10] due to its economic ties with the Magic Valley region of southern Idaho. The only portion of Nevada officially outside of the Pacific Time Zone is West Wendover.

Physical geography[edit]

Jackpot is located near Salmon Falls Creek and north of Middle Stack Mountain in the Granite Range of northeast Nevada. Jackpot is located about 50 mi (80 km) east of the unincorporated town of Jarbidge, Nevada and the Jarbidge Wilderness.

Jackpot in entertainment[edit]

Jackpot was featured in a 2003 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,[11] but no actual filming took place in Jackpot.

Satview Broadband, headquartered in Reno, is the local cable television company.

Jackpot was featured in the film Roadside Prophets (1992).

Attractions[edit]

Jackpot has five main hotels and motels with casinos:

Planned developments[edit]

In 2005, Triad Resorts announced plans to build the Spanish Bit Resort and Casino, a resort casino with indoor waterpark and event center located on 113 acres (0.46 km2) south of Jackpot.[12] The project was delayed when the county mistakenly rezoned the land for the project.[13] It is currently on schedule to be built starting in late 2010 or early 2011 after zoning and other concerns were addressed by developers and Elko County officials.

Climate[edit]

Jackpot, Nevada experiences a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters. Even with its relatively cool average temperature, Jackpot receives barely enough precipitation to avoid being classified as a desert climate. Due to Jackpot's high elevation and aridity, temperatures drop sharply after sunset. Summer nights are comfortably cool, even chilly. Winter highs are generally above freezing, and winter nights are bitterly cold, with temperatures often dropping to zero or below.

Climate data for Jackpot, Nevada.
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)61
(16)
68
(20)
78
(26)
87
(31)
93
(34)
96
(36)
105
(41)
101
(38)
95
(35)
86
(30)
73
(23)
62
(17)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C)37.8
(3.2)
41.4
(5.2)
49.2
(9.6)
57.1
(13.9)
66.2
(19)
76.6
(24.8)
86.8
(30.4)
85.7
(29.8)
75.9
(24.4)
62.2
(16.8)
47.4
(8.6)
37.0
(2.8)
60.3
(15.7)
Average low °F (°C)16.2
(−8.8)
18.9
(−7.3)
25.1
(−3.8)
30.6
(−0.8)
37.1
(2.8)
44.5
(6.9)
51.0
(10.6)
49.0
(9.4)
40.1
(4.5)
30.5
(−0.8)
22.3
(−5.4)
14.7
(−9.6)
31.7
(−0.2)
Record low °F (°C)−17
(−27)
−26
(−32)
−4
(−20)
0
(−18)
13
(−11)
27
(−3)
32
(0)
25
(−4)
20
(−7)
−6
(−21)
−8
(−22)
−29
(−34)
−29
(−34)
Precipitation inches (mm)0.56
(14.2)
0.38
(9.7)
0.68
(17.3)
1.06
(26.9)
1.90
(48.3)
1.15
(29.2)
0.42
(10.7)
0.60
(15.2)
0.52
(13.2)
0.67
(17)
0.66
(16.8)
0.50
(12.7)
9.10
(231.1)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center[14]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 93 bisects the town as it travels north towards Twin Falls and south towards Wells. The closest airport with commercial service is Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls. The community is also served by Jackpot Airport.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Twin Falls". Visitidaho.org. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  4. ^ Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collection - Cactus Jack's Casino 2001 Commemorative Booklet
  5. ^ Ameristar Casinos - About Ameristar - History
  6. ^ "Jackpot Combined School". Elko.k12.nv.us. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Jackpot Golf Club". Thegolfcourses.net. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  8. ^ "USPS Blue Mailbox and Post Office Locations". Payphone-project.com. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  9. ^ Federal Regulation delimiting Pacific Time
  10. ^ "Time Zone Exceptions and Oddities". Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  11. ^ "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Jackpot (2003)
  12. ^ [1] "Triad Needs Land Rezoned", Twin Falls Times News (dead link?)
  13. ^ [2] "Zoning mistake delays Jackpot casino project", Twin Falls Times News, September 22, 2007
  14. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 

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