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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!

June, 2012

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June 29, 2012

Man Claims Winning MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Fremont

SACRAMENTO – While players were snatching up tickets for tonight’s MEGA Millions draw, one man walked into the California Lottery’s East Bay District Office this morning to claim the big prize he won playing the game a few days ago.... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

June 29, 2012

Two of 29 MEGA Millions® Tickets Worth More Than $227,000 from Historic Draw Remain Unclaimed

Tickets Sold in San Francisco and Hollywood Still Out There SACRAMENTO – It was nearly three months ago today that people all over the state were scrambling to buy their MEGA Millions tickets for what would turn out to be a... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

June 29, 2012

Octogenarian Becomes Newest Set For Life Millionaire

SACRAMENTO – Leona Starman is an octogenarian anyone would remember meeting. She’s outgoing, gregarious and funny! Recently, after winning the $2 million top prize on the California Lottery’s Set For Life Scratchers® game, she basically p... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

June 29, 2012

$23 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot-Winning Ticket Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – It’s been about a month and still no word on who won a $23 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot. What we do know is this – one lucky player in Palmdale matched all six numbers in the May 30 draw and has still not come forward to c... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

June 29, 2012

Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Riverside Worth Nearly $350,000

SACRAMENTO – The weekend is certainly starting off on a high note for one lucky California Lottery player in the Riverside area. That’s because their Fantasy 5 ticket matched all five numbers in last night’s draw to win the top prize of $... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

June 29, 2012

$350,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Riverside Claimed by Lucky Local Woman

Top Prize Winner Also Won $95,000 on The Big Spin® in 2007 SACRAMENTO – Marcie Churco is a lucky Lottery player. Tuxedo Liquor in Riverside is a lucky Lottery retailer. Together, they se... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

June 27, 2012

Three is Lucky Number for $1 Million Scratchers® Winner

SACRAMENTO – The third time was actually the charm for Helen Yang, who won $1 million on the last of three $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® tickets she bought this week. “Complete shock and awe” is how Yang describes the su... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

June 27, 2012

Two MEGA Millions® Tickets Worth More Than $300,000 Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – On March 27th, nine MEGA Millions tickets matched five out of six numbers to win $308,573 each. It has now been three long months since that draw, and two of those nine tickets remain unclaimed.  The unclaimed tickets w... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

June 27, 2012

Fremont Ticket Comes Up Big in MEGA Millions® Draw

SACRAMENTO – No one matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, but one lucky California Lottery player in Northern California will still be cashing in. That’s because one ticket sold in Fremont matched five of six numbers... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

June 26, 2012

Twist of Fate Behind Lottery Win in Danville

SACRAMENTO – You aren’t the only one who likes to read stories about people who have won big money playing the California Lottery. Delores Andersen has read them too, and she tells us she knew someday she would be included in that lucky g... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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