SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — People aspiring to be millionaires crowded lottery retailers throughout California on Monday as the state became the 43rd to offer Powerball.

Some San Francisco shopkeepers told KCBS that they had a line of customers waiting when they opened their doors Monday morning.

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For the past several weeks, the California Lottery has blitzed the airwaves with an huge ad campaign for the new game.

“This is a $2 game, but the pluses are the jackpots start at $40 million and they roll at least $10 million each time,” said Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston.

Even at the higher ticket prices, there are plenty lot of Californians itching to get rich quick these days.

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Linda, who did not give her last name, picked up tickets at a 7-Eleven store in San Francisco on Monday. She said $338 million sounds nice, but didn’t want to seem greedy.

“Even if I get a little piece of it I’d be happy. Just a piece!” Linda said.

Wednesday night’s jackpot is already up to $60 million and is expected to go even higher now that California is on board.

According to lottery officials, Powerball is expected to bring between $50 and $100 million to the state’s education system.

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