Powerball Coming to Town

California will soon join other states to participate in Powerball lottery. The website of California State Lottery announces the game tickets will be available for sale from April 8, 2013.

Lottery Commission Director Robert T. O'Neill in the Press Release said, "I expect Powerball to add anywhere between $50 to $100 million additional dollars to supplement public education funding, which is our one and only mission."

The Powerball.com website shows more in details of the game.

It was originally called "Lotto America" by the the Multi-State Lottery Association, or MUSL. In 1992, the game became "Powerball."

Powerball is currently (Dec. 2012) available in 42 states, Washington D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

The odds to win the jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510 tickets. The game originally had the odds of 1 in 195 million plus, before four numbers of the second set of balls were eliminated. While the chance to hit a jackpot is "easier," the cost per ticket is doubled to two dollars.

The Powerball website shows quite a few winners since 2003.

Powerball is one of several games of chance that might cause some believers go to the wrong direction. In the Play Responsibly page, participants are warned: "Lottery games are just that -- games. Lottery games are designed to be enjoyable entertainment for adults, and for the vast majority of lottery players, that's exactly what they are. The Multi-State Lottery Association encourages all lottery players to be responsible in their amount of play. Never spend more than you can afford on any lottery product. Please remember, it's just a game."

Yes, it is just a game, but the 100 million dollars plus amount can be an irresistible dream for many many people, and a reality for only some very lucky persons.
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