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Talk back: California gets Powerball. Will you play?

November 29, 2012 |  2:21 pm

California will soon be in the money.

The California Lottery Commission voted Thursday to bring Powerball to California, with ticket sales to begin in April. The starting jackpot is $40 million.

The vote came just one day after the drawing for Powerball's $587.5-million jackpot. Two winning  tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of PowerballTalk back LA

Powerball players purchase a $2 ticket and choose five unique numbers from a field of one through 59, and a Powerball number from one through 35. The Powerball number can be the same as any of the first five numbers.

California is one of eight states that currently does not offer the Powerball game. Other states that do not offer the game are Utah, Nevada, Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Wyoming.

The commission believes adding Powerball could net the state from $90 million to $120 million annually in lottery revenue, according to a memo sent by Lottery Commissioner Robert O'Neill to other commission members.

Californians, are you planning on getting in the game? Let us know what you think about Powerball in the comments below or by tweeting @LANow.

Join Times reporter Wesley Lowery and city editor Shelby Grad at 3:45 p.m. for a Google+ hangout on Powerball in California.

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