California’s $1.6 billion lottery jackup on Monday drew the most sales in the state’s history.
California’s lottery office posted more than $3 billion in sales as of Monday morning, surpassing the record-setting $2.6-billion the lottery set in July.
Sales soared after the state declared a state of emergency and the state legislature passed legislation to help families cope with the drought.
The lottery said Monday that the average jackpot winner will get $1,250 in prizes.
About $2 billion in cash prizes will be distributed.
The jackpot was set at $1 million and will be halved every year.
People who win the lottery prize will receive a check for the full amount.
Polls show that California’s drought has hurt lottery-winners.
A poll conducted last month found that 62 percent of California’s residents don’t think the state is being helped by the state lottery program, while 42 percent say it is.
Losing the lottery is the third-biggest financial hardship Californians face, the state says.