Long lines as Powerball comes to California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hopeful Californians with $2 to spare waited in long lines as Powerball lottery tickets went on sale for the first time.
They weren't concerned about the long odds: one in about 175 million.
Bluebird Liquor in Hawthorne started selling Powerball tickets at 7 a.m. Monday. Employee Eduardo Duran tells the Los Angeles Times that by noon, about 8,000 had been purchased. A line snaked outside the store for much of the day.
The first drawing in the twice-a-week multi-state game is scheduled for Wednesday. As of Tuesday evening, the jackpot was estimated at about $60 million, with a cash value of $38.9 million.
If nobody wins, the prize increases at least $10 million after every drawing without a winner.
Players choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball number from 1 to 35.