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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!

January, 2013

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January 15, 2013

$170,000 MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in San Diego Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – You know what would be a great way to start of 2013? How about if you found a winning Lottery ticket worth $170,827? For one lucky California Lottery player in the San Diego area that could be exactly the case, but unfortunat... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 15, 2013

Happy Tears as Man Claims MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Orangevale Worth $427,000!

Second Winning Ticket Sold in Orangevale Remains Unclaimed SACRAMENTO – Sacramento County had two big wins in California Lottery draws this weekend, and both tickets were sold in the same town – Orangeval... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

January 12, 2013

Ticket Sold in Sacramento County Big Winner in MEGA Millions® Draw

SACRAMENTO – Talk about exciting news. A ticket sold in Orangevale hit it big in last night’s MEGA Millions® draw and is now worth big money to whoever has it. The ticket matched five out of six numbers. What that means is, the lucky buye... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

January 11, 2013

Knowledgeable Lottery Player is now a Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO – Tam Pham knows his Lottery games, especially his Scratchers® games. So it’s no surprise that when he recently scratched his $1,000,000 Fortune Scratchers ticket, he knew exactly what he had won. “Oh yeah, I knew right away, n... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 9, 2013

Winning MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Escalon Claimed

SACRAMENTO – Josue Oceguera had just celebrated the New Year and was having dinner the following Sunday when he remembered he had bought a MEGA Millions ticket for January 4th draw. When the self-employed consultant checked his ticket and... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

January 9, 2013

Another Lottery Player “Strikes It Rich” and Wins $250,000!

SACRAMENTO – Jane Pittman said she never thought she would win this big. She had been buying about eight $5 Scratchers® tickets every other week and felt like she’d been lucky, but nothing prepared her for the sixth ti... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

January 5, 2013

Escalon Ticket Wins MEGA Millions® Prize Worth More Than $570,000

SACRAMENTO – This “happy new year” continues for one California Lottery player in Escalon who matched five of six numbers on their MEGA Millions ticket to earn a prize worth $572,376. The lucky ticket was sold at Mar-Val Main Street... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

January 4, 2013

Winner Amazed After Claiming MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Chula Vista Worth More than $325,000

SACRAMENTO – Aurora Aguirre has quite a bit to say about the wonderful thing that just happened in her life. She won $327,665 after her ticket matched five of six numbers in the MEGA Millions draw on December 25. “I can’t believe it,” sai... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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