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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!

February, 2014

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February 14, 2014

Security Guard Becomes First California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Millionaire but Still Finishes his Shift!

SACRAMENTO – Mitchel Reynolds is a dedicated employee. Earlier this week, he was working the graveyard shift as a security guard at an area shopping mall when he scratched his California Lottery Black... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 14, 2014

Hungry Teen’s Big Appetite ‘Drives’ San Diego Winner to $1 Million Scratchers® Payoff

Disabled Man Talks Young Friend into Taking Him to Claim Ticket With the Promise of Tasty Meal!  SACRAMENTO – You know kids – you feed them and they’ll do anything, right? At least that was Craig Misewicz’s... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 13, 2014

Sacramento Powerball® Ticket Worth $720,000!

Jackpot Soars to $330 Million SACRAMENTO – One number – that’s all that stood between someone in Sacramento and the $284 million Powerball jackpot last night. But don’t feel too bad for this player because he, or she, will s... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 11, 2014

Another Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Bay Area Worth $184,000!

SACRAMENTO – Just last month, a winning Fantasy 5 ticket worth $184,215 was sold in San Jose. Last night, luck struck the Bay Area again, as another winning Fantasy 5 ticket was sold in Fairfax. This time the ticket is worth $184, 731 – a... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 11, 2014

Big Money Game Strategy Pays Off For Small Town Retiree Who Wins $650,000 in Hollister!

SACRAMENTO – Rebecca Williams is somewhat a creature of habit. Every Wednesday and Saturday, she buys Lottery tickets for her and her husband of 45 years and usually lets him scratch them, or vice-versa. And they don’t just... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 11, 2014

Vietnam Vet Wins More Than $300,000

SACRAMENTO – When Sheridan Hope called his daughter to tell her he had just won a bunch of money playing Daily Derby®, her response was “yeah whatever.” It’s not the response that Hope was eh – hoping for. But when he produced the ticket... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 10, 2014

Chef Goes for “Gold” and Wins $1 Million in Sunnyvale

SACRAMENTO – Elder Galicia Lopez knew it right away. Just seconds after he started scratching his California Gold Scratchers®, he saw it – the $1 million prize. Winning a large amount of money like that might cause some to shout or j... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 9, 2014

Sweet Win Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Two Powerball® Tickets Worth More Than $1.2 Million Each SACRAMENTO – What’s better than receiving flowers and chocolate on Valentine’s Day? How about a boatload of cash! That’s what two California Lottery players will be ge... Read more »

Winners Stories

February 8, 2014

Giddy Up! Daily Derby® Ticket Sold in Carson Worth More Than $300,000

SACRAMENTO – The last time someone hit the Daily Derby grand prize was last November, but for one lucky player, it was well worth the wait. Last night a ticket sold in Carson matched all three winning horses and the final race time, to ea... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 7, 2014

‘What Are These Bozos Happy About?!’ Nearly $1 Million Win in L.A. County Draws Look of Puzzlement

Young Casino Worker From Whittier Wins $910,781 After Making Emergency Gasoline Pit Stop!  SACRAMENTO – The gas gauge in Carlos Cardenas’ vehicle was not looking good. You know the expression riding... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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