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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 22, 2013

Politeness Nearly Costs Bay Area Winner $750,000!

Fremont Scratchers® Winner Rewarded in Big Way for Act of Kindness  SACRAMENTO – It could have been a personal lottery disaster. There’s really no other way to put it. Arlene Johnson wasn... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

October 20, 2013

Powerball® Ticket Sold in Riverside County Wins Half Million Dollars!

SACRAMENTO – We don’t know if they stopped there to fill the car with gas, grab a quick fountain drink, or something else, but that action paid off big time for someone who visited a certain service station in Palm Desert. While there, th... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 19, 2013

Mega Millions® Game Changes to Offer Faster Growing Jackpots, Better Odds of Winning

SACRAMENTO – We’ve all heard rumblings about the upcoming mega makeover that’s happening soon to the multi-state Mega Millions game. Well, the time is finally here. Mega Millions is about to get even bigger! Starting with the October... Read more »

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October 18, 2013

Nearly One Month Later – Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Salinas Still Unclaimed!

SACRAMENTO – With so much prize money won, it is hard to believe that no one has come forward yet to claim a winning Fantasy 5 ticket sold in Salinas worth $186,031! That ticket was one of two that matched all five numbers in the dra... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 18, 2013

Norco Fantasy 5 $186,000 Winner Comes Forward!

Matching Ticket Purchased Two Miles Away In Corona Still Unclaimed SACRAMENTO – Fred Link is a faithful Fantasy 5 player. In fact he makes trips just to buy Fantasy 5 tickets every week. That dedication paid off as he is one... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 18, 2013

Persistency Pays Off For L.A. Man Who Wins $500,000

Retired State Worker Scratches Away Half a Million Dollars on a $15 Investment!  SACRAMENTO – Herbert Eslit wasn’t exactly sweating bullets when he got to the very bottom of his $500,000 Riches Scratchers® card. Howeve... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 18, 2013

San Diego County Players are First to Cash in on Record Prize

$5 Million Jackpot Scratchers® Game Has First Big Winners  SACRAMENTO – Lody Aquino is an avid lottery player, but friend and co-worker David Dawood, not so much. But David admitted that when he noticed people buzzing... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 18, 2013

Winner Claims $11 Million SuperLotto Plus® Ticket Sold in San Diego!

SACRAMENTO – It has been two long months, but a winner has finally come forward to claim a SuperLotto Plus ticket sold in San Diego worth $11 million! No matter how you look at it, this win is a thing of beauty. Check out the image w... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 17, 2013

Rare Double Fantasy 5 Wins in Riverside County – Two Lucky Players to Split Nearly $400,000 Prize!

SACRAMENTO – There must be something in the water in Riverside County – but in a good way! There are two winners from last night’s Fantasy 5 draw, and both lucky tickets were purchased at businesses in cities located not very far from eac... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 17, 2013

West Sacramento Powerball® Ticket Worth $487,000!

Jackpot Soars to Nearly $200 Million and Growing by the Day SACRAMENTO – There’s a nip in the morning air, but one lucky winner no doubt has a warm feeling knowing they’re going to be walking away with nearly half a mil... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

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