Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Top Stories

Powerball Comes to California

Tickets for the mega-jackpot lottery, Powerball, will now be sold across the Golden State.

Today marks a point where California lottery players once again have the chance to strike rich. On Thursday, the California Lottery Commission voted to adopt Powerball, the multi-state mega-jackpot lottery.

Unlike other lotteries, Powerball begins at $40 million and increases by $10 million every roll. Each powerball ticket cost $2.

Players then choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball number from 1 to 35. The players can do a Quick Pick or choose their own numbers. Winners are called every Wednesday and Saturday night at 7:59 p.m. PT.

State Lottery Director, Robert T. O'Neill, said in a prepared statement, "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," O'Neill added, "our customers were pretty clear that they wanted us to bring Powerball to California.”

At the 7-Eleven convenience store on Figueroa St. just a few minutes off campus, avid lottery players filled out tickets with high hopes that they would be the next Powerball winner.

Talina Linkuminato, went with her two children to fill out her first Powerball ticket. She was full of excitement about  "something new and a lot of money... $60 million."

Linkuminato said she frequently enters the lottery but has never won more than $40.

"I've won tickets off scratchers before," she said, "but I'm feeling really lucky."

Ne Sandjoz also went to the 7-11  to go and buy his first ticket.  Sandjoz has no job, but is keen on being the next Powerball winner.

"It's an American dream," he said.

The first drawing will take place on April 10, 2013.

COMMENTS

It's nice to see how happy the introduction of the Powerball has made Californians, it's clearly something that a lot of people are interested in playing, and as the main aim of introducing it was to increase the money going to schools and education then I think it's a great move. This article does say that the jackpot increases by $10 million every roll, which isn't always the case, once the jackpot starts to get large, increased ticket sales can push it up further. Good Luck with the first draw tomorrow everyone!

Leave a comment
Name:
E-mail:*
URL:
Comments:*

Four Students Injured In Traffic Accident Near USC


By Elisabeth Roberts and Lauren Day
02/26/15 | 3:05 p.m. PST

Four students struck and one critically injured in car accident at Jefferson Street and McClintock Avenue.

Home Health Care Workers Rally For Overtime Wages


By Alexa Liacko
02/26/15 | 9:18 a.m. PST

Home health care workers only get paid for their regular workday, but they often work longer hours. Workers rallied in...

Thursday 2/26/15

Weather 2/26/2015

The Buzz 2/26/2015

Trojans Welcome Rams to LA

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.
MOST POPULAR

Annenberg Media Center Named After Julie Chen, Leslie Moonves And CBS


By Fernando Hurtado
02/25/15 | 9:59 a.m. PST

After nearly of month of teasing the student body with a "special announcement," USC announced the Media Center would be...

Julie Chen, Leslie Moonves Visit Namesake Media Center


By Kaiti Williamson
02/25/15 | 10:34 a.m. PST

USC Annenberg multimedia center gains its title following a gift from Julie Chen, Leslie Moonves and CBS. ATVN's Marc Sallinger...