Powerball Lottery Comes To California Today!

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Exciting news, friends!

It’s always seemed strange to us that California didn’t participate in the Powerball lottery, which is known for its million dollar payoffs, but today, gas stations were given the green light to start selling tickets!

With prices starting at $2, it’s a bit more expensive than we’re used to, but Wednesday’s jackpot prize comes in at a whopping $60 million, so we’re happy to pay a little extra.

Here’s how it works:

Players pick five numbers anywhere between 1-59. Then, they choose a Powerball number from 1-35. The Powerball number can be the same as any of the first five numbers. The winning numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday.

Now before you go spend your life savings on tickets, you should know the odds of winning are 1 in 175,223,510.

According to Powerball officials, the game “is expected to bring in $45-50 million in additional supplemental funds for California schools and have a significant impact on the state economy.”

Back in November, the jackpot grew to roughly $550 million before a select few matched all six numbers.

Now only seven states don’t participate in Powerball. Sorry, Utah, Nevada, Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Wyoming…you’re out of luck!


-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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