There’s a new way for Californians to spend their hard-earned money: the Golden State will welcome sales Monday for the Powerball, the nationwide lotto sensation that boasts some of the largest U.S. jackpots ever
California is the 43rd state to join the Powerball lottery, with the jackpot is expected to hit $60 million for Wednesday night. Tickets will cost $2 each.
The drawing will take place in Sacramento for California’s first Powerball, although it usually occurs in Florida.
“Every time the Powerball jackpot gets large, people say, ‘Hey, how come Californians can’t play?’” said Alex Traverso, a CA Lottery spokesperson. “We’re happy to finally be able to tell customers we’re in.”
Mildred Winner is one of the many people hoping the Powerball will be the ticket to her caviar dreams.
“I’m retired and (if I won) I would start taking myself on cruises,” Winner said.
Like many lottery players, Winner tried to purchase a Powerball ticket at Lichine’s Liquor & Deli on Sunday, even though sales do not start until Monday.