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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!

March, 2017

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March 30, 2017

California Lottery Unveils GIGANTIC Scratchers® Ticket!

SACRAMENTO – Wow! Do we have big news – and when we say “big,” we mean literally! California Lottery players will be in for – you guessed it – a big surprise when they catch their first glimpse of the Lottery’s newest $10 S... Read more »

March 30, 2017

Southland Woman Claims $630,297 Mega Millions® Prize – Credits Lucky Father for Win!

SACRAMENTO – Jaerean Yano’s father called her and said he had great news, but the catch was he wouldn’t tell her over the phone – she had to drive over to his work to hear it in person! “Now I know why he wanted to show me…so I wouldn’t s... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 29, 2017

‘Numb and in Awe’ – Los Angeles Massage Therapist Teams up with Dad to Win $1 Million

SACRAMENTO – Carlos Castillo and his father enjoy playing California Lottery Scratchers games together. Naturally, they’d always hoped they might win a huge prize one day. But more than anything, they just like playing because it’s somethi... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 27, 2017

Tehachapi Lottery Player Misreads Scratchers®, Learns She’s Actually a Multi-Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO – Ramesh Bhambi has only been playing the California Lottery consistently for about a year. So when she scratched her Lucky Streak Scratchers® ticket, you might understand why this novice misread her game and concluded she’d “o... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 21, 2017

March Madness After Big Win on Ticket Sold in Los Angeles County!

SACRAMENTO – Everyone is talking about college basketball this month, but one California Lottery player is marching to a different beat. Listen to how Mark Nihem describes the madness following his recent win: “It was like scoring a touch... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 15, 2017

Sanger Player Takes Home Big Million Dollar Win!

SACRAMENTO – Richard Torres found luck at a small market in Fresno County! That’s because Torres claimed the $ 1 million top prize on one of the California Lottery’s most popular Scratchers® tickets: Million Dollar Multiplier.... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 15, 2017

$2.1 Million Powerball® Ticket Sold in Long Beach Claimed

SACRAMENTO – Elizabeth Jones is the Golden State’s newest multi-millionaire! That’s because Jones matched five of the six winning numbers (14-20-42-49 and 66) for the Powerball draw back on February 8 to win a whopping $2,120,302. Jones m... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 14, 2017

Unique Celebration for Lottery Player After $750,000 Scratchers® Win in Ventura County!

SACRAMENTO – Many people have thought about winning the lottery. And some have even thought about how they would celebrate. But we’re guessing very few would celebrate like Noe Esc... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 14, 2017

Son Follows Dad’s Footsteps to Big Win in Visalia!

SACRAMENTO – Hector Pasillas never played the Lottery much. That all changed when his dad won $1,000 on a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers® game. “My dad won a thousand dollars six months ago on that Scratcher(s), so I started playing it.... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 10, 2017

Shock and Disbelief as Winners Claim $72 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot

SACRAMENTO – A family has claimed the ticket sold in Hesperia (San Bernardino County) that won a $72 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot. They are a group of five who say they are still in shock and disbelief. “Oh my God. I think we hit... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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