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UPDATE: Powerball arrives in California

Posted: April 8, 2013 10:08 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2013 5:54 p.m.

Tickets for the Powerball lottery went on sale in California for the first time Monday, and the new game was a big hit with one Castaic cashier selling the tickets.

Jesse Singh, a cashier at the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Lake Hughes Road and Castaic Road, said first-day sales of the national lottery tickets were brisk.

“Sales are very good, very good,” he said.

Singh said he had sold 80 to 90 of the tickets by mid-afternoon Monday.

California was the 43rd state to join the multi-state lottery, and by noon the Powerball jackpot was estimated at $60 million.

A woman waiting in line at Singh’s cash register asked for five Powerball tickets and was surprised to learn the tickets were $2 each. She had only four dollars.

When asked if she thought her chances of winning were better with Powerball than with other lottery games, the woman said: “We’ll see, I won at this store before.”

Powerball is run by the Multi-State Lottery Association, a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its 33 member lotteries.

All profits are retained by the respective state lottery and are used to fund projects approved by the state legislatures.
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