A day after lottery officials announced that winners in Arizona and Missouri will share the $580 million Powerball jackpot, California lottery officials decided the state will join the game.
The California State Lottery Commission voted unanimously today to approve new regulations allowing the state to participate in the Powerball game, which is run by the Multi-State Lottery Association. Californians should be able to play Powerball by April 8, 2013, said lottery commission spokesman Russ Lopez.
Offering the game in California is "part of a continuing effort to offer new and exciting products to players and increase sales," state lottery officials wrote in a staff report. The report says the state would net between $90 million and $120 million a year by offering Powerball, after accounting for decreased sales in other games such as SuperLotto Plus and Mega Millions.
The starting jackpot in those games is $7 million and $12 million, respectively, compared with Powerball's starting jackpot of $40 million.
"The Powerball jackpot also grows faster, increasing by at least $10 million per 'roll,'" the report says. "These jackpot levels rapidly build excitement among players."
PHOTO CREDIT: A Powerball player in Maryland checks her numbers Wednesday. Associated Press/Patrick Semansky.