California Lottery Commission approves Powerball Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 5-member California Lottery Commission today unanimously voted to formally adopt the multi-state mega-jackpot lottery game, Powerball.

The Lottery conducted extensive research regarding the viability of offering a second multi-state game and concluded that Powerball would enhance the organization’s current portfolio of games.  

Powerball sales will begin in California on April 8, 2013, the first draw will take place on April 10, 2013.

“We have to continually offer our loyal players a variety of entertaining Lottery games, and we firmly believe that Powerball is a right fit for the California Lottery,” Lottery Director Robert T. O’Neill said.

“I expect Powerball to add anywhere between $50 to $100 million additional dollars to supplement public education funding, which is our one and only mission. Plus, our customers were pretty clear that they wanted us to bring Powerball to California.”

The $2 Powerball game is played much like the popular MEGA Millions® game.

Players would choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball number from 1 to 35. Players can choose their own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick.

Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:59 p.m. PST. Unlike MEGA Millions and SuperLotto Plus®, Powerball 's pool closure occurs promptly at 7 p.m. PST each draw day.

Besides the jackpot, there are eight additional ways to win prizes. The amounts will vary due to the State’s pari-mutual rules.

A major difference between California’s existing draw games is that the Powerball jackpot begins at $40 million and increases by at least $10 million every roll.

The Powerball draws take place in Tallahassee, Florida.

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