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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!

March, 2014

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March 17, 2014

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accommodation... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

March 14, 2014

Forget the Pot of Gold, Tonight’s Mega Millions® Jackpot is $353 Million

SACRAMENTO – With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, many will be searching for their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow…but they may be looking in the wrong place. Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $353 million, the 5... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 13, 2014

Fresno Retiree Becomes Latest Millionaire Playing California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Ticket

SACRAMENTO – Willy DeVecchio is a lucky gal when it comes to the Lottery. She has won many prizes playing the California Lottery and even after winning the top prize of $1 million on the California Lo... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 13, 2014

Months Later – Winner Claims $2.6 Million Lottery Ticket Sold in San Diego County!

SACRAMENTO – We were beginning to think this might never happen, but someone has finally claimed a multi-million dollar winning Mega Millions® ticket sold in San Diego County. We’ve been looking for the holder of this ticket ever since th... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 12, 2014

$60 Million Powerball® Winner Comes Forward – Celebrates with Coupon at Carl’s Jr.!

SACRAMENTO – For some people, winning $60 million would be life-changing. For Joseph Saxer, the winner of the March 1st Powerball jackpot, it’s not going to change a thing. And if you have any doubts to that claim, wait until you hear how... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 12, 2014

Work Break Leads to $5 Million Win in Ontario

SACRAMENTO – It started off like any other work day for Eric Williams – that is, until he took his break. During that brief time away from work Williams said he had a feeling; a lucky feeling. He deci... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 6, 2014

Very Special Day for One California Lottery Winner

SACRAMENTO – Jose Rivera was just one number away from winning Tuesday night’s $240 million Mega Millions® jackpot. But there wasn’t an inkling of sadness in Mr. Rivera as he walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 5, 2014

Winner Quickly Claims Chatsworth Fantasy 5 Ticket Worth More than $422,000

SACRAMENTO – A lucky Fantasy 5 winner isn’t wasting any time. Just days after successfully matching all five numbers, Fe Torres has claimed her $422,330 prize. Torres purchased the winning ticket at Topanga Canyon USA, which is a gas... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 5, 2014

California Lucky Streak Continues With Three More Mega Millions® Wins Worth $421,000+ Each!

Two of the Lucky Tickets Purchased in the Bay Area – The Other One Sold in L.A. County SACRAMENTO – Drought in the Golden State?! Certainly not when it comes to winning the Lottery over the past few months! And March is off... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 4, 2014

California Lottery Seeks Scratchers® Vending Machine Theft Suspects

Crooks Broke into Fremont Area Grocery Store Last Weekend SACRAMENTO – Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over... Read more »

Northern California | Consumer Protection

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