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Californians buy $3M of Powerball tickets on first day: Will you? (poll)

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing of the Powerball lottery. The  estimated jackpot for the Saturday, May 18 drawing is $600 million. (Photo: A Powerball ticket purchased in April 2013 in Cypress Park on the first day of the lottery's arrival in California. State lottery officials say first day sales topped $3 million.)
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A Powerball ticket purchased Monday in Cypress Park on the first day of the lottery's arrival in California. State lottery officials say first day sales topped $3 million.

Powerball lottery tickets went on sale for the first time Monday in California.

Greg Parashak with the California State Lottery said sales started about 5:30 a.m.  Monday and ended at midnight when officials reset the system.

“It looks like there’s about $3.1 million in Powerball sales alone, so that’s obviously separate from the scratcher sales and Mega Millions," said Parashak. "All in all, it was a pretty successful launch and we're looking forward to the $60 million drawing Wednesday."

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Parashak said the sales in California were probably one of the most successful launches for Powerball. California is the 43rd state to join the game.

Jackpots start at $40 million.  

State lottery officials estimate the game will generate up to $120 million in sales a year. About $45 million to $50 million of that money will go to California schools, and the rest goes to the Powerball winners.