It’s not surprising that Nevadans – with their cowboy streak – might have a roguish twinkle in their eyes that says, “We are going to do what we want and we are going to do it our way.”
In Jackpot they have taken it to another level. Heck, they don’t even recognize Nevada time.
Jackpot is legally in the Pacific Time Zone, but, along with other Idaho border towns such as Jarbidge, Mountain City and Owyhee, unofficially observes Mountain Timedue to its economic ties with the Magic Valley region of southern Idaho.
Meanwhile, one of the most instrumental people from the town sounds like a character from The Simpsons.
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 in particular is credited for founding Jackpot as well as for naming it.