First Powerball sales in California sets national record with $3.1 million


This November 2012 file photo shows a Powerball form and purchased ticket (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Powerball lottery tickets went on sale in California for the first time on Monday — and the state broke a national record for sales.

Players bought the record-setting $3,101,816 in tickets in 24 hours, the California Lottery announced.

They were purchased at the 21,000 retail locations in the state now selling Powerball tickets.

A $60 million jackpot is up for grabs in Wednesday’s drawing. The estimated cash value is $38.9 million.

The drawing will take place in Sacramento – instead of the usual Tallahassee, Florida –  at 7:59 p.m. Wednesday.

“We were able to kick the game off in style with launch events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and you could feel how excited our players were to finally be able to play POWERBALL,” Lottery Director Robert T. O’Neill said in a statement.

Powerball is now played at in California and 42 other states, as well as Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands.

Find a complete list of retailers here.