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