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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!

May, 2017

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May 21, 2017

Powerball® Ticket Sold in Orange County Worth Nearly $500,000!

SACRAMENTO – If you purchased a Powerball ticket for last night’s draw, you’ll want to check your numbers. That’s because someone from Anaheim won $480,287 after matching 5 of the 6 numbers in last night’s draw. We won’t know who thi... Read more »

Southern California

May 20, 2017

San Diego County Mega Millions® Ticket Wins More Than $3 Million!

SACRAMENTO – One lucky ticket sold in San Diego County was one number away from hitting last night’s Mega Millions jackpot. Although the ticket didn’t win the jackpot, it's still worth a huge chunk of change! Somebody is holding onto a ti... Read more »

Southern California

May 19, 2017

‘Crazy’ Connection to the Number 5 Leads to $555,555 Scratchers® Win in Encinitas!

SACRAMENTO – Richard Schroeder says he isn’t completely sure why his wife is so “fixated” on the number 5. Maybe it’s because both of their birthdays are in May (month number 5 of the year). And not only was Richard born in May, he was bo... Read more »

Southern California

May 18, 2017

Coachella Valley Powerball® Winner Digs Deep to Claim $628,737 Prize!

SACRAMENTO – Buried deep in his pants pocket was a Powerball ticket that Christopher Loomis had temporarily forgotten he had. When he remembered, he was relaxing out on his patio by himself. He decided to pull out the ticket and check his... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 18, 2017

Winning Scratchers® Worth $1 Million Literally Falls into Lap of Driver on Bay Area Road!

SACRAMENTO – Would you drive around with $1 million in your car? Most would say no, but that’s what Salvador Cornejo did. Well, sort of. You see, he had a winning $10 Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers worth $1 million in his car... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 16, 2017

Notice of Public Meeting

Notice of Public Meeting The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters (700 North 10th Street) in Sacramento.Members of the public are... Read more »

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May 16, 2017

A Race to the Finish – Winner Claims Daily Derby® Prize in L.A.

SACRAMENTO – A California Lottery player has claimed a Daily Derby ticket worth a half million dollars from the October 4, 2016 draw. That’s right. This ticket hit in the fall of last year! When he delivered that ticket to the Calif... Read more »

Southern California

May 15, 2017

Huge Mega Millions® Jackpot Prize Worth $61 Million Claimed in Orange County!

SACRAMENTO – David Trapp has been playing the same five California Lottery numbers for many years. Therefore, when he bought $6 worth of Mega Millions tickets for the April 28 and May 2 draws (three chances for each... Read more »

Southern California

May 11, 2017

Hayward Woman in Shock After Big Win

SACRAMENTO – Carolina Gonzalez couldn’t believe it. She was staring at the ticket, a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers®, but it wasn’t really registering – she had just won the top prize of $750,000. “I didn’t talk. It took me a minut... Read more »

Northern California

May 9, 2017

Mind-Blowing Connection with the Number 4 Leads to $2.4 Million Powerball® Win in Southland!

SACRAMENTO – Marquis Jones was driving through Long Beach last month when he noticed the California Lottery electronic sign at Pacific Market (2990 Pacific Avenue) read $40 million for the Powerball jackpot. It just so happened he turned... Read more »

Southern California

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