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

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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!

October, 2013

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October 29, 2013

Woman Claims Powerball® Ticket Sold in Riverside County Worth Half Million Dollars!

SACRAMENTO – Aihong Phan had only purchased two tickets for the Powerball draw on October 19, but that’s all she needed. One of them matched five numbers that Saturday night, and her four dollar investment was suddenly transformed into a... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 29, 2013

Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Diego Claimed

SACRAMENTO – Georgina Alarcon is a busy lady. So busy in fact, that she didn’t have time to check her Fantasy 5 ticket for almost a week. Once Alarcon did check it, she came away with a big surprise – a surprise worth $186,783. Alarc... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 28, 2013

California Public Education Wins – Again!

Lottery Sales Generating Cash to Help African American Students Succeed    SACRAMENTO – Kenya Jackson knew she had to do something. The principal at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Middle School in Los Angele... Read more »

Lottery Performance

October 26, 2013

Palmdale Mega Millions® Ticket Worth Nearly Half a Million Dollars

Mega Millions Jackpot Continues to Grow SACRAMENTO – Although no one across the country won last night’s Mega Millions jackpot of $65 million, one lucky player in California isn’t complaining.  That’s because a ticket sold i... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 26, 2013

Another Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Diego County

SACRAMENTO – It was just this past Sunday that a Fantasy 5 ticket sold in sunny San Diego matched all five numbers to win the $186,783 jackpot. Well, there must be some lucky stars over Southern California because San Diego County struck... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 24, 2013

California Makes History with First Powerball® Jackpot

Winning Ticket Sold in Fresno Worth $213 Million! SACRAMENTO – Talk about the ultimate trick-or-treat! With Halloween just around the corner, it’s only fitting we give away a scary, even hair-raising amount of money. An... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

October 23, 2013

Fate and Gratitude Play a Big Part in This Hairdresser’s Dream

Scratchers® Game Has Second $5 Million Top Prize Winner  SACRAMENTO – Danny Salazar is a bit “ditzy,” which he fully admits. This could explain his latest Lottery experience, but regardle... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 22, 2013

Powerball® Ticket Sold in Los Angeles Still Unclaimed After FIVE Months –

Ticket Expires in Less Than One Month! SACRAMENTO – Okay people, this is getting serious! Search your couch cushions, look in your glove box, check all your pants pockets – it has been FIVE MONTHS since a Powerball ticket so... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 22, 2013

Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Diego Worth More Than $186,000

SACRAMENTO – As if living in the beautiful city of San Diego isn’t enough, a Fantasy 5 ticket sold there for Sunday night’s draw is worth $186,783. The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven location at 1150 Broadway in San Diego. T... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 22, 2013

L.A. County Woman Turns Good Feeling Into a Fortune

SACRAMENTO – Lorena Lemos was debating whether to purchase a $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers® ticket, but when the clerk told her there were still a bunch of winners out there and that she had to play, Lemos w... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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