Just as Powerball officials announced that the record multistate jackpot has swelled to $550 million, dejected Californians may soon have a chance to get in on the game---albeit not in time for the big Wednesday night drawing.
At their Thursday meeting, the California State Lottery Commission is expected to adopt regulations to join 42 other states that participate in the Powerball lottery. California retailers could begin selling the $2 tickets in 2013.
Excitement over Powerball has reached a fever pitch across the nation this week, with last-minute ticket buying enriching the jackpot. There hasn’t been a winner since Oct. 6, causing the jackpot to roll over 16 times.
Powerball’s jackpot increases at least $10 million every time it rolls over, according to lottery officials.
To play Powerball, a participant must pick five unique numbers from a field of one through 59, and a Powerball number from one through 35. The Powerball number can be the same as any of the first five numbers.
The odds of winning are 1 in 175,223,510. The drawing is scheduled for 7:59 p.m. PST in Orlando, Fla. Drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday.