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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

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!

February, 2013

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February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day Present Makes Rialto Man “Lucky for Life”

Wife Turns $1 Free Ticket into $500 a Week for 25 Years  SACRAMENTO – Like many other couples today, Rodney Reed’s wife Brenda was trying to figure out what to get her husband for Valentine’s Day. What she finall... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 14, 2013

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

Rightful Owner of Ticket Sold at Naval Base Has Only One Month Left to Claim SACRAMENTO – You know what would be just about the greatest Valentine’s gift of all time? Finding a Lottery ticket worth $170,827. For one luc... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 13, 2013

Dream Comes True for College Graduate

SACRAMENTO – Eli Ko is a recent college graduate with his sights set on getting his doctorate. The best part about that is he probably won’t have to worry about student loans anymore. That’s because Ko recently matched five... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 13, 2013

Co-Workers Claim MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth Over $160,000

SACRAMENTO – A group of 26 co-workers were literally one number away from hitting last night’s $13 million MEGA Millions jackpot. The group successfully matched the numbers 9, 33, 55, 32 and 22, missing only the Mega number of 44. The Meg... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 13, 2013

Pomona MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth Over $160,000

SACRAMENTO – One ticket sold in California was one number away from hitting last night’s $13 million MEGA Millions jackpot. However, the ticket correctly matched five out of six numbers and the winner will collect a prize of $161,866.... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 12, 2013

$245,000 MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Mission Viejo Claimed by Local Man

SACRAMENTO – Eric Johnson is a creature of habit when it comes to how he plays the California Lottery. He plays MEGA Millions and SuperLotto Plus® every week. He spends $20 on an advance play every Friday. He always se... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 11, 2013

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board Room in Los Angeles. Members of the public are invited to attend. P... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

February 9, 2013

MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Los Angeles Worth More Than $150,000

SACRAMENTO – Although no one won the $12 million MEGA Millions jackpot last night, one ticket did match five out of six numbers and is worth $155,983. The winning ticket was sold at Linda General Store, which is located at 651 North... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 8, 2013

SoCal Man Wins $1 Million Scratchers® Prize

SACRAMENTO – When Jose Meija called his wife to tell her that he was a $1 million lottery winner, her response was simply “you’re crazy.” But she was a big believer as they both walked into the California Lottery’s Van Nuys District Offic... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 8, 2013

Man Claims Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Whittier Worth More Than Half a Million Dollars!

SACRAMENTO – We have an update to the story about a Lottery win in Los Angeles County. We knew someone had matched all five numbers to win the top prize in the Fantasy 5 draw on Saturday. We now know who scored that lucky win. Richar... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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