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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!

November, 2013

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November 20, 2013

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 21, 2013 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

November 19, 2013

2nd Chance Wins Retiree $250,000

SACRAMENTO – Jorge Contreras loves playing the California Lottery, especially the California Lottery Black Scratchers® game. In this case, however, it wasn’t a winning ticket that won him the $250,000 top pr... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 19, 2013

San Clemente Man Claims $250,000 ‘Out of the Blue!’

Latest Scratchers® Winner Needs Mail Carrier’s Hustle to Help Cash in His Fortune SACRAMENTO – It’s been almost a month since Andrew Phillips bought his Win It All Scratchers ticket and discovered he’d pocke... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 18, 2013

Today is the LAST DAY to Claim $465,539 Powerball® Prize – Ticket Expires at 5:00 p.m. Tonight

SACRAMENTO – This is it! Today is the very last day, in fact, the last hours for someone to come forward and claim a $465,539 Powerball prize. Nearly six months ago, the man pictured below purchased a Powerball ticket that matched five of... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

November 18, 2013

Oceanside Man Claims Mega Millions® Ticket Worth a Cool $410,000

SACRAMENTO – Calm, cool and collected – that pretty much sums up Edward Shaw – so it’s no surprise he remained unshaken when he discovered he won $410,115 playing Mega Millions. The store clerks, however, we... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 13, 2013

Mystery Man Has Only Days Left Before He Loses Out on Nearly Half a Million Dollars!

$465,539 Powerball® Ticket Set to Expire November 18 SACRAMENTO – With the holiday season rapidly approaching, wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra half a million dollars sitting around to buy gifts for everyone on your... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 12, 2013

Escondido Man Turns $5 Investment into a Pile of Dough

Latest San Diego County Winner Comes Forward to Cash in $280,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket  SACRAMENTO – Who doesn’t enjoy coming off of a nice three day holiday weekend? Well, if you were holding a lottery ti... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 10, 2013

Lady Luck Strikes San Diego County Yet Again!

Winning Streak Reaches Three (and Counting) as $280,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Marcos SACRAMENTO – This is getting a little bit hard to believe – but it sure is a blast keeping track and spreading the news to San Diegans! Somebody w... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

November 8, 2013

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accommo... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

November 4, 2013

First Powerball® Jackpot Winner in California Claims $213 Million Prize

Retiree Becomes Second Largest Single Winner in California Lottery History  SACRAMENTO – Carlo “Carl” Mitchell is a calm man – a VERY calm man. So calm, in fact, that even after he found out someone won the Powerball jackpot from w... Read more »

Winners Stories

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