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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

Fact: The California Lottery pays out tens of millions of dollars in prizes every week. 

PRESS RELEASES

In California, if you play and win, your name is public record. We’re taking the mystery out of winning because more and more people are willing to tell their stories, and others are still allowing us to take their memorable and eventful photos.

Why is this important? Seeing real Californians holding that oversized check sends a clear signal: people are winning every day! We also like to showcase our winners because it helps illustrate that we maintain the highest level of integrity in our games, thereby insuring public confidence in the Lottery. Regardless of whether it’s $100 or $100,000, winning happens all the time here at the California Lottery. Say hello to some of the “lucky ones” below!

April, 2016

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April 26, 2016

Contra Costa County Lottery Player is Set For Life!

SACRAMENTO – It was Friday evening when Alfonso Andrade stopped at a local pizzeria to grab some dinner for his family. While he was waiting for his food, Andrade walked over to a nearby California Lo... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 26, 2016

Orange County Lottery Player Wins Big Money!

SACRAMENTO – When Bruno Mendoza won $200 on a $10 Big Money Scratchers® ticket, he decided to return the very next day to the same store and the same vending machine to buy another. When Mendoza got t... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

April 26, 2016

$3 Million Win Put on Hold for Fishing Trip

SACRAMENTO – If there’s one thing that Matt Milligan takes seriously, it’s fishing. Even becoming a multi-millionaire wasn’t going to derail his plans of fishing with his friends. On their way to a Bay Area fishing trip, Matt and his frie... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 22, 2016

Lottery Unveils LEED Silver Certification on Earth Day

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery today unveiled its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). That means that the Lottery is conserving energy,... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

April 22, 2016

Life is Set for Daly City Player Who Won

SACRAMENTO – Eugene Ruiz is the Bay Area’s newest California Lottery multi-million dollar winner! That’s because Ruiz purchased a $10 Set For Life Scratchers ticket netting him a cool $6 million! Ruiz purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 22, 2016

San Diego Lottery Player Scores $5 Million Scratchers® Win!

SACRAMENTO – It’s been a very green April for Joseph Wood! That is because Wood picked up an Extreme Green $20 Scratchers ticket earlier this month…and he is sure glad he did. Wood is the state’s newest multi-millionaire after winning the... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

April 16, 2016

Beyond Lucky: Million Dollar Mega Millions® Ticket Sold in Fremont!

SACRAMENTO – Stop whatever you are doing and check your California Lottery tickets. That’s because one lucky ticket sold in Fremont matched five out of six numbers in the Mega Millions drawing last night and is now worth $1,023,584 to who... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 15, 2016

$7 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot Ticket Sold in San Marcos Claimed!

SACRAMENTO – It’s been a fantastic last three months for Bertilia Devine! That’s because she is the latest California Lottery SuperLotto Plus player to claim a multi-million dollar jackpot. Devine won a whopping $7 million by matchin... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

April 14, 2016

$1.6 Million Powerball® Ticket Sold in Rocklin!

SACRAMENTO – There’s a new millionaire in California! Someone in Rocklin matched five of six numbers in last night’s Powerball draw to win $1,623,182. The winning ticket was sold at the Bel Air store located at 2325 Sunset Boulevard.... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 11, 2016

Paying Rent Turns into an Offer to Buy the House Instead

Lu cky Lottery Player Purchases Ticket in Hemet; Wins $1 Million! SACRAMENTO – Christian Searing is a relatively new Lottery player. He’s only been playing for six or seven months, but w... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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