The lottery even brought a public art installation, called Redball project to the state. It wasn't conceived of in conjunction with Powerball, but it fits neatly, and the lottery has had it tour the state, ending at the Lottery's Sacramento headquarters Monday.
So what's it worth to California? Powerball is expected to generate $350 million in annual sales, but the multi-state lottery association projected this game will into the others, for a net increase of $100 million. Half the proceeds go to the winner, ten percent to administrative costs, and forty percent goes to schools.
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That means if Powerball drives a net increase of $100 million, then California schools will get a $40 million bump. That's just a tiny drop in the bucket considering the golden state has $68 billion in annual education spending.