California Could Join the Powerball Game
California is one of the few states in the US not in the current Powerball craze, but that could change very soon. Video by kmir6.comvideo
California is one of the few states in the US not in the current Powerball craze, but that could change very soon.
The record 550 million dollar Powerball jackpot is encouraging many to take a gamble.
"If this was a Powerball state, I'd be buying a ticket today," said San Diego resident, Scott Steeves.
But California could soon be in the game, the Lottery Commission is voting Thursday on whether to get the ball rolling. "We're expecting the commissioners to vote for the regulations tomorrow, so that means that we can formally begin really intense planning on bringing Powerball to California by next year," said CA Lottery Deputy Director Corporate Communications, Russ Lopez.
If the commission votes to approve Powerball, people could be playing by April.
"The sooner, the better I guess," said Steeves.
The owner of Clubhouse Liquor and Deli, Jane Chuon, says people keep asking for Powerball and she hopes to soon see those tickets. "For my business and for the customer, there's a lot of chance to win big money, and plus we're going to bring money to my state, so it will make the economy better," said Chuon.
It will also add more funds to California public education.
With the current lottos in the state, more than a billion dollars a year goes to schools.
"By joining the Powerball family, we're expecting to raise anywhere between 90 to 120 million dollars more in sales, and that is only going to help education, which is our bottom line," said Lopez.
Washington resident, Geri Campbell also wanted to buy a Powerball ticket here in the desert.
Now she will have to wait, but she has an idea how she'd spend the record-breaking jackpot.
"I'd do a lot with it, charity for starters, and kids, and I'd blow the rest," said Campbell.
So Powerball's big bucks could soon include california cash.