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February 28, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers and Sacramento Kings played each other Friday at Staples Center. No better time to ponder lottery percentages. The Lakers have the worst record in the Western Conference, the Kings are the West's second-worst, and they'll both be in attendance May 20 when the draft order is officially determined. The Lakers (20-39) are tied with Boston for the NBA's fourth-worst record, giving them an 11.9% chance of winning the top pick. Milwaukee (11-46) is the runaway favorite to grab the league's worst record, but the Bucks have only a 25% chance of winning the top pick in the June 26 draft.
February 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Heading into a two-game stretch on consecutive nights on the road against the defense-minded Indiana Pacers (42-13) and Memphis Grizzlies (31-24), the Lakers (19-37) are more likely to fall to 39 losses before they hit 20 wins. The Lakers are now alone in last place in the Western Conference, one game behind  the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, both 20-36. Though the season hasn't gone as planned for the Lakers, the franchise has significantly improved its chances in the May 20 NBA draft lottery .  The worse the Lakers do now, the better position (and player)
February 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
The wait continued early Friday for the winner of the Powerball jackpot worth $425.3 million to come forward after having bought the ticket at a Bay Area gas station. The winner has up to a year to claim the prize, but state lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said people generally turn their ticket in within a week. "I give the person the first day to be shocked," Traverso said on Thursday, "and then the wheels start turning. " Wednesday's winning ticket sold at a Chevron gas station in the city of Milpitas was the only one in the nation to match all six numbers.
February 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol, the NBA's most-targeted subject of trade rumors, survived another deadline Thursday at noon, with the Lakers unable to move him and his $19.3-million salary. The Lakers made no deals at all Thursday, which brought to mind one obvious question. What's next for a team on pace for its worst season ever? The Lakers are headed for a lottery pick in the June draft, followed by free agency in July. They saved about $4 million in salary and luxury taxes by trading Steve Blake on Wednesday night for two seldom-used Golden State guards.
February 20, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Matt Stevens
The winning $425-million Powerball ticket sold in Milpitas is the latest big lottery payout to strike the Bay Area, which also claimed one of two winning tickets nationwide for the near-record-setting Mega Millions in December. In December, a Northern California man was one of two winners  nationwide for the $648-million jackpot after purchasing his ticket at a gift shop in San Jose. The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history. The winning ticket holder for the Powerball jackpot had yet to come forward Thursday morning, but the beneficiary of the sale was already known.  The Dixon Landing Chevron gas station will receive $1 million for selling the ticket with all six winning numbers, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traversol said after Wednesday night's drawing.
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Bigger jackpots -- like Wednesday night's $400-million Powerball drawing -- are attracting more players and excitement to the California Lottery after years of decline, officials say. Just two months ago, the Mega Millions game produced a $648-million jackpot, and the Powerball had a $400-million jackpot about five months ago. The turnaround is the result of changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were falling. The changes brought bigger prizes, but they also altered the formula for how much revenue schools receive.
February 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
This certainly wasn't part of the plan. Not that the Lakers officially had one - Tank Option A? Tank Option B? - but they were merrily drifting toward rebuild mode with a nice, comfy spot in the draft lottery thanks to all these injuries. That was so three games ago. They went out and beat Cleveland with only five players able to finish the game (barely) and won in Philadelphia thanks to Steve Nash's fountain-of-youth night. Now their schedule shows home games against Chicago (24-25)
January 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers fans might not be especially familiar with the NBA draft lottery. With multiple injuries and a 16-28 record, the Lakers have the seventh-worst record in the league. A full 8½ games behind eighth-place Dallas (25-20) -- technically 9½ since the Mavericks have the head-to-head tiebreaker -- the Lakers are a near-lock to miss the playoffs. On May 20, the NBA will hold the lottery, assigning 1,000, four-digit combinations to 14 teams. The franchise with the worst record will receive 250 combinations, giving it a 25% chance of landing the first pick and a 64.3% chance of at least getting a top-three selection.
January 10, 2014 | By David Ng
This post has been corrected. See below. "The Book of Mormon" will hold a lottery for a limited number of $25 seats before each performance when the national tour of the hit musical returns to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles starting Jan. 21. Lottery entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance. Each entry can request a maximum of two tickets and only one entry per person will be allowed. Names of the winners will be announced two hours before curtain, and the winners must be physically present and must pay in cash. During the first week of performances, one winning lottery winner for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances will be given their tickets free of charge.
January 5, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
After years of decline, the California Lottery is booming. The jackpots are bigger, and that's drawing more players and excitement. Just a few weeks ago, a Mega Millions ticket sold in San Jose matched all six numbers. The state-record prize of $324 million - worth about $174 million in a single payment - was claimed by a Northern California man Friday. The turnaround is due to changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were on the decline. The changes brought bigger prizes, but they also altered the formula for how much revenue schools receive.
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