Winning Numbers Drawn for Calif.'s First Powerball Drawing

Powerball ticket holders are eligible to win the $60 million jackpot Wednesday night

The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing – the first that Californians were able to join – are 1, 36, 40, 52, 53, Powerball number 20.

No one won the $60 million jackpot, but five people did match four of the winning numbers plus the Powerball number for a prize of $12,473.

There are a total of 123,634 winning tickets ranging from $4 to more than $12,000, according to the California Lottery’s website. The next drawing is set for Saturday.

Wednesday's drawing in Sacramento marked the first time winning numbers were drawn in California, the 43rd state to join the Powerball lottery. Drawings are usually held in Tallahassee, Florida.

The estimated cash value of Wednesday's jackpot was $38.9 million.

"The selling point is the big jackpot. Basically we expect the jackpot in the next few weeks, if we can hit a few rolls, to get up there pretty quickly," said California Lottery director Bob O’Neill.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175 million. If no ticket holders have winning numbers Wednesday night, the jackpot will increase as more tickets are purchased.


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"It's a good thing," said Powerball ticket holder Alma Parks. "It gives people something else to look forward to."

Californians bought a record number of tickets on the first day of sales Monday, purchasing more than $3.1 million worth of tickets. Participants pick five numbers between 1 and 59, in addition to a “Powerball” number between 1 and 35. Each Powerball ticket costs $2.

Powerball drawings are scheduled for every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:59 p.m. PT.

Ticket holders can check the winning numbers on the Lottery website or scan the ticket barcode at a lottery retailer. Videos of the actual drawing are also available online.

Toni Guinyard contributed to this report.

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