SACRAMENTO - Is it time to get your Powerball tickets yet? The current estimated jackpot stands at $116 million.
Two weeks ago, when the state joined Powerball, California immediately set a record, selling more than $8 million worth of tickets in the first three days.
A week ago, the grand prize was $80 million and the last six times that happened, it rose by the minimal increment, going from 80 to 90, then to $100 million. But this time, it went from 80 to 95, to $116 million.
California is just one of 43 Powerball states, but the state also accounts for about 12 percent of the population. Long-term, the jackpots will grow faster. But the odds of someone hitting the jackpot is now greater as well.