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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

Fact: The California Lottery pays out tens of millions of dollars in prizes every week. 


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!

December, 2013

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December 12, 2013

$670,000 Powerball® Ticket Drawn in L.A. County!

Excitement Building for Tomorrow’s Mega Millions® Draw Worth a Life-Changing $400 Million SACRAMENTO – There may be only 12 shopping days left until Christmas, but whoever purchased last night’s winning Powerball ticket in H... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

December 11, 2013

JACKPOT ALERT: Mega Millions® Jackpot Hits $400 Million!

SACRAMENTO – Have you been keeping track? Will you feel lucky this Friday the 13th? Well, you should! The Mega Millions jackpot is now estimated at $400 million for Friday night’s draw. The estimated cash value is $216,400,000. That’s a l... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

December 9, 2013

Sacramento Powerball® Winner Claims $1 Million Prize

Retired Insurance Agent Tipped Off After Seeing Story on Local TV News SACRAMENTO – Bruce Goodman thought the television news pictures of a Sacramento Lottery retailer looked familiar. So when the news anchor announced a $1... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

December 5, 2013

Jackpot Fever Warming Up a Chilly Golden State!

Prize Amounts Continue to Soar to the Largest Totals Californians Have Seen in Years SACRAMENTO – While a bitter arctic blast helped set record low temperatures in California over night, the odds are pretty good that ja... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

December 5, 2013

Million Dollar Powerball® Ticket Drawn in Sacramento!

Six Figure Fantasy 5 Ticket Also Comes Up Big in a Rare Double Win Night in the Capital City SACRAMENTO – While many of us were talking about how frosty cold it was this morning, at least two people may be numb in a differen... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

December 5, 2013

Simple Reason Man Waited Before Claiming Huge

Mega Millions® Prize on Ticket Sold in LA County SACRAMENTO – Ask around and you will find lots of people who say they’d waste no time in claiming any Mega Millions prize, much less one worth nearly a half million doll... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

December 4, 2013

When You Give You Receive! – Unique California Lottery Holiday Promotion in Full Swing

Special Gift Envelopes Allow Givers to Record Personal Video Message for Special Someone SACRAMENTO – Californians who purchase Scratchers® this holiday season have a golden opportunity to add a little more jingle to their g... Read more »

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December 2, 2013

Wife Doubtful of Winning Ticket Given by Prankster Husband

San Bernardino County Scratchers® Ticket Worth Half a Million Dollars SACRAMENTO – Minerva Chagolla’s husband bought her a surprise last week – a $500,000 Riches Scratchers ticket. She scratched it and it said she won the to... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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