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April 11, 2013

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April, 2013 | Lottery Performance

California Sets First Three-Day Sales Record for POWERBALL®


Lottery Players Purchase More than $8.4 Million Leading up to Last Night’s Draw in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – No one won last night’s POWERBALL draw, but you can say that the state of California – and especially its education system – were the big winners in last night’s draw. POWERBALL sales were $8,408,180 million in the period of Monday through Wednesday, an all-time record for any new POWERBALL member in the first three-day period of sales.

“It’s been an incredible first week for the POWERBALL game in California,” Lottery Director Robert T. O’Neill said. “Having last night’s draw in California and seeing the excitement it generated was truly amazing. We hope to continue to build momentum for POWERBALL as we head into this weekend’s $70 million jackpot draw.”

As mentioned above, the draw was moved to Sacramento’s Lottery Headquarters last night from Florida in honor of California’s inaugural participation in POWERBALL. Future POWERBALL draws will return to Tallahassee, Florida this Saturday.

Since no one matched all six numbers in last night’s draw, Saturday night’s POWERBALL jackpot is an estimated $70 million. The estimated cash value of the jackpot is $45.4 million.

POWERBALL is a multistate game, played in California and 44 other jurisdictions (42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a POWERBALL number from 1 to 35. Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 PM to 7:05 PM the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information. 

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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