Californians missed out on the large $500 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday night, but that will change next Spring.
The California State Lottery Commission approved taking on Powerball in the state Thursday.
People can start buying the $2 Powerball tickets in California next April. Already, Californians can buy tickets for Mega Millions and Super Lotto.
Lottery officials said adding Powerball could mean another $50-$120 million for the state’s education system per year. According to information on their website, the Lottery raised more than $1.3 billion for public education during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
What’s unique about Powerball is how quickly the jackpot can increase; the jackpot starts at $40 million, and grows by about $10 million each time it rolls over.
California will be the 45th jurisdiction to play Powerball.