On Thursday, November 29, the California Lottery Commission unanimously voted to to formally adopt the multi-state mega-jackpot lottery game, Powerball, according to an official press release on www.CALottery.com.

Powerball sales will reportedly begin in California on April 8, 2013, with the first drawing taking place on April 10, 2013.

According to the press release, the $2 Powerball game is played much like the Mega Millions game. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball number from 1 to 35 – players can either choose their own numbers or opt for a “quick pick.” Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:59 pm. Powerball jackpots begin at $40 million and increase by at least $10 million every roll.

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the state would net between $90 million and $120 million a year by offering Powerball, after accounting for decreased sales in other games such as SuperLotto Plus and Mega Millions.

For more information on Powerball, visit www.calottery.com.

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