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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

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

PRESS RELEASES

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!

March, 2014

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March 26, 2014

Construction Worker Gets Lucky

$5 California Lucky for Life Scratchers® Ticket is Worth $3.25 Million  SACRAMENTO – Working construction can be a grueling job. Just ask Jeovany Gomez – he’s been working construction for the past several years. But his days of hard manu... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 24, 2014

Crossword Player Isn’t Stupid

SACRAMENTO – When Chad Denning uncovered the 10th word on his 20x Crossword Scratchers ticket, he double, triple and even quadrupled checked it. After he did that, he crossed off and scribbled over the words to make sure he didn’t count t... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 24, 2014

Daily Commute Leads to $1 Million Win in Salinas

SACRAMENTO – The daily commute can become dull and monotonous. But for Yoana Abrica-Gomez, her 20-mile drive to school became anything but that after acting on a feeling and stopping at a convenience store. She walked in a student, and wa... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 21, 2014

San Jose Woman Has Fortune Cookies To Thank for $421,000 Mega Millions® Win!

Lucky Winner Plans to Use Prize for First Honeymoon After 52 Years of Marriage SACRAMENTO – Merces Goncalves’ husband always said “If you would save the money you spend on lottery ticket... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 20, 2014

S.F. Cab Driver ‘Living American Dream’ After Finally Hitting Huge Mega Millions® Prize

Nepali Immigrant Rushes to Lottery Office With Children to Claim Nearly $2 Million Check!  SACRAMENTO – Driving the crazy streets of San Francisco – if Mahendra KC had a dollar bill for each of the strange t... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 20, 2014

$2.1 Million Powerball® Ticket sold in Hayward

Northern California’s Hot Streak Continues SACRAMENTO – A Hayward Powerball player can now add the word “Millionaire” to his or her title. That’s because the lucky player won $2,198,310 after matching five of six number... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

March 19, 2014

Winning Mega Millions® Ticket Drawn in Bay Area!

Lucky Ticket Worth Nearly $2 Million Purchased at San Mateo County Retailer SACRAMENTO – On this final day of winter, let us leave you with one cold hard fact – you don’t have to win the jackpot to suddenly find yourse... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

March 19, 2014

Milpitas Powerball® Ticket Worth $425.3 Million Remains Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – One month. That’s how long it’s been since a Powerball ticket, purchased in Milpitas, matched all six numbers to win a staggering $425.3 million jackpot. Yet, there’s still no sign of the big winner. Perhaps he or she is stil... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

March 19, 2014

Central Valley Man Fields Dreams Following $3.25 Million Lottery Win

SACRAMENTO – A new car. A new house? Those are all things you expect to hear from someone describing their plans after winning the Lottery. However, Salvador Marquez sees even bigger things in his family’s future following his surprise wi... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 18, 2014

Tonight’s Mega Millions® Jackpot Draw Pushing Nearly Half a Billion Dollars!

$400 Million Prize Would be the Second-Largest California Jackpot of All Time SACRAMENTO – Sure, it may no longer be St. Patrick’s Day; but one (or even more) California Lottery players could still be experiencing a who... Read more »

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