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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!

February, 2014

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February 28, 2014

California Lottery Joins Problem Gambling Awareness Month Effort

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery joins other state and national organizations to recognize the month of March as California Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The goal is to educate and raise public awareness that problem gambling affec... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

February 26, 2014

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 26, 2014

Los Angeles Mom to Buy Family a Home with $1.4 Million Powerball® Prize

SACRAMENTO – Laura Nunez knew the Powerball jackpot was huge – so she decided to test her luck not once, but twice. Nunez had entered a lottery pool at work, but later on, while cashing in some Scratc... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 25, 2014

Lottery Player Can’t Get Enough of Crossword Game

SACRAMENTO – You can say that Ignacio Valdovinos is a pretty big fan of the California Lottery’s 20x Crossword Scratchers ticket. So much so that he recently purchased one of the $10 tickets and doubled his money by winning $20. He decide... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 25, 2014

Modesto Powerball® Winner Claims $1.4 Million Prize – Plans to Keep Shopping at the Dollar Store!

SACRAMENTO – “I’ve always been a winner in life.” California’s newest millionaire, Elfred Meitzenheimer, doesn’t mince words. The Modesto man, with a larger than life personality, strolled into the Sacramento District Office today to clai... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 25, 2014

Ask and You Shall Not Always Receive – Store Clerk’s Mistake Leads to $200,000 Win for Long Beach Man!

SACRAMENTO – At 82-years-old, Bernard Rosario is still going strong (and looking quite youthful for his age, we might add) – working as an on-site manager for a 22-unit apartment complex in Los Angeles County. On his break Sunday, he deci... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 21, 2014

L.A. County Couple Thrilled to be a Multi-‘Thousandaire’

Dream Comes True – Literally – After Sleepy Coffee Run Leads to $505,010 Mega Millions® Win SACRAMENTO – Eumeka Saxton wasn’t sure she was going to have the energy to enjoy the Valentine... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 21, 2014

California Launches First U.S. Lottery Industry Corporate Social Responsibility Website

SACRAMENTO – Selling Lottery tickets isn’t the only thing the California Lottery is concerned about. We also prize what we do for the community, its businesses, and our public schools. With that in mind the California Lottery is proud to... Read more »

Lottery Performance

February 20, 2014

Winning Milpitas Powerball® Ticket Still Unclaimed

Imagine the Odds! – Retailers in Santa Clara County Have Sold the Last Two Largest Powerball and Mega Millions® Jackpots! SACRAMENTO – It’s looking as though the owner of the $425.3 million Powerball ticket from last night’s... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 20, 2014


SACRAMENTO – The results are in and they spell even more good news for California. We now know that a ticket sold in Milpitas (Santa Clara County) is the sole winner of last night’s (revised) $425.3 million Powerball jackpot! If our lucky... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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