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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

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


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!

August, 2013

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August 31, 2013

Big Week for Southern California Lottery Players!

Two Lucky Players Win $750,000 & $369,000 SACRAMENTO – It was a busy week for retailers and players across Southern California. Two lucky California Lottery players struck it rich in the Southland. The lucky California L... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 29, 2013

POWERBALL® Ticket Sold in Los Angeles Worth Nearly $870,000

SACRAMENTO – While no one matched all six numbers in last night’s POWERBALL drawing, one lucky player who bought their ticket in Los Angeles did match five out of six numbers for a whopping ticket that’s worth $868,297!   The winning ticket... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

August 27, 2013

Retiree is “Lucky for Life”

SACRAMENTO – Joyce Ballard plays the Lottery regularly, but says she usually only wins around $10 on a single ticket. Well, all that quickly changed recently as the retired state worker purchased a $1 Lucky for Li... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 27, 2013

Unemployed Man Wins Fortune

SACRAMENTO – Edgar Gomez didn’t look like a guy who was down on his luck as he walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office. That’s because he came in holding a Scratchers® ticket worth a cool $1 million! Gomez beca... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 26, 2013

POWERBALL® Ticket Worth Almost $300,000 Claimed After Being in Glove Box for More Than Two Weeks

One Ticket from the Same Draw Remains Unclaimed SACRAMENTO – Sometimes finding something you forgot you had can pay off big time. That was the case for Southern California POWERBALL player Ju... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 22, 2013

Check Your Cars and Your Purses! POWERBALL® Ticket Sold in Los Angeles Still Unclaimed After Three Months

SACRAMENTO – Three months after a POWERBALL ticket sold in Los Angeles matched five of six numbers to win a prize worth $465,539, it remains unclaimed. The winning ticket was sold at Whitley Heights Market, which is located at 1900 Nort... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

August 22, 2013

Birthday Wish Comes True for California Lottery Player

New Scratchers® Ticket Pays Off Big  SACRAMENTO – Enoc Monterola was having a pretty good start to his birthday after winning $15 on a Scratchers ticket. He decided to test his luck again and used... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 20, 2013

San Jose Dad Beats the Heat to Win a Fortune

Vietnamese Refugee Claims California Lucky for Life Ticket Worth $3.25 Million! SACRAMENTO – Duc Phan was hot, and to make matters worse, he didn’t have air conditioning in his car. So the San Jose bod... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

August 18, 2013

Fantasy 5 Ticket Worth $206,000 Purchased in Playa Del Rey

SACRAMENTO –One lucky Fantasy 5 player is $206,325 richer tonight after purchasing a winning ticket in Playa Del Rey. The winning ticket was purchased at the ampm located at 8007 West Manchester Avenue in Playa Del Rey (Los Angeles County).... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 16, 2013

In the Right Place at the Right Time for a Win

Two Tickets Worth $289K Each Still Unclaimed SACRAMENTO – In Alicia Mandel’s words, she “rarely” plays the Lottery. In fact, she says she can’t remember the last time she played. But for some reason, or more like 448 million... Read more »

Winners Stories

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