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November 29, 2012

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November, 2012 | Media Advisories and Events

California Lottery Commission Approves Popular POWERBALL® Game


Powerball Announcement Receives Major Media Attention


On November 29, 2012 the California Lottery Commission unanimously approved that the organization will officially offer to players Powerball for sale on April 8, 2013. The news has received significant and overall positive attention from California media. Below is a sampling of those news stories.


• Powerball is coming to California this April, KCRA Sacramento

• California To Offer Mega-Jackpot Powerball Lottery In 2013

• California Lottery sees Powerball as a win-win for the state, Los Angeles Times

• Powerball tickets to be sold in California starting in April, Los Angeles Times


SACRAMENTO - 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-mutuel 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.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 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. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education. 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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