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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!

September, 2012

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September 19, 2012

Only One Week to Go for Winning MEGA Millions® Ticket from Record-Setting March 30 Draw

$227,000 Ticket Sold in San Francisco will expire September 26 SACRAMENTO – Nearly six months ago today people around the nation were lined up around the block, anxiously waiting to buy a MEGA Millions ticket at their f... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

September 18, 2012

A Hard to Believe $1 Million Scratcher Win

SACRAMENTO – It would have been business as usual when Hoa Nguyen’s husband brought home her two daily Scratchers® from his morning coffee run, but this one unbelievably hit it big!  Hoa tells us she didn’t feel too excited when she began... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

September 17, 2012

Notice of Public Meetings

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. An information session will be held the same day beginning at 11:15 a.m. There will... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

September 17, 2012

Two MEGA Millions® Tickets Worth More Than $300,000 Set to Expire Next Week

SACRAMENTO – On March 27th, nine MEGA Millions tickets matched five out of six numbers to win $308,573 each. Fast-forward to today, and we’re suddenly only a week away from two of those nine tickets expiring.  The two unclaimed tick... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

September 15, 2012

San Diego Ticket Comes Up Big in MEGA Millions® Draw

SACRAMENTO – No one matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, but that doesn’t mean one lucky California Lottery player won’t be cashing in soon. That’s because one ticket sold in San Diego matched five of six numbers to... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

September 14, 2012

$120 Million Dollar Man Calmly Claims his MEGA Millions® Prize!

SACRAMENTO – How would you react to winning a MEGA Millions jackpot worth $120 million? For Ronald Willis, he stayed extremely calm, although there was some giggling that could be heard throughout the claiming process today... Read more »

Winners Stories

September 14, 2012

Media Alert: News Conference to Introduce $120 Million MEGA Millions® Winner!

SACRAMENTO – This is to alert you that the sole winner of the $120 million MEGA Millions jackpot has come forward to claim their prize.  The winner has agreed to a news conference to be held shortly (see details below). What:    $120... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

September 12, 2012

Los Angeles Woman “Thankful” for $2 Million Set For Life Ticket

SACRAMENTO – Virginia Ellison was going about her day in her normal routine, stopping at the 7-Eleven like she always does to buy her Lottery tickets. The clerk even tried to flirt with her that morning, telling her she was “so pretty,” b... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

September 12, 2012

Chocolate Milk and a MEGA Millions® Ticket Nets Southern California Man $220,000

SACRAMENTO – James Philippsen didn’t take long to come in and claim his Lottery winnings. After matching five of six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, he arrived at the Lottery’s Inland Empi... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

September 12, 2012

Ticket Sold in Riverside Wins $120 Million MEGA Millions® Jackpot

Two Additional Tickets Sold in Pleasanton and Huntington Beach Split More Than $440,000 SACRAMENTO – The dream of hitting it big is coming true for three lucky Californians after Tuesday night’s nine-figure MEGA Million... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

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