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Californians bought a year's worth of Powerball tickets in 10 weeks

Californians bought a year's worth of Powerball tickets in 10 weeks

California’s Powerball lottery sales in the two months leading up to January’s record-setting $1.5-billion jackpot surpassed the game’s sales for all of last fiscal year, state lottery officials said Wednesday.

With half of the fiscal year still to go, California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said during Wednesday’s commission meeting that the department has already reached its goal of guaranteeing $1.44 billion in funding for California schools this year.

In the time between winning Powerball drawings on Nov. 7 and Jan. 13, state Powerball sales reached $386 million; sales for the entire 2014-15 fiscal year were $372 million. The rush of...

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