Nipton is an unincorporated town in California near Searchlight, Nevada. Some intended to make Nipton the gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. The history of Nipton began in 1900 as a place for gold miners to reside. For many years, Nipton had the most lottery ticket sales in the state for the California State Lottery. When a new office opened nearby immediately outside Primm, Nevada, Nipton lost its number one ranking, as Primm was easier and faster for Las Vegas residents and others to get to.