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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 5, 2014

L.A. County Winner Wakes Up Nearly $1 Million Richer as Mega Millions® Jackpot Continues to Soar!

SACRAMENTO – It’s doubtful a whole lot of people are enjoying a better week than the citizens of Seattle, who are still basking in the glow of their pro football team’s first Super Bowl Championship. However, one lucky person who purchase... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 4, 2014

$6.5 Million Winner Sold in Santa Cruz

SACRAMENTO – Jacob Lackey was recently feeling a little strange. He was light-headed and his heart skipped a few beats. But don’t worry, Lackey will be just fine. The symptoms he was feeling were just the side-effects of someone who just... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 4, 2014

Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Game

Mysteriously Captivating $10 Tickets Offer Sleek Look With 20 Chances for $1 Million Top Prize! SACRAMENTO – Lady Luck is back – and she’s on the hunt again, this time looking to award Californians with two dozen life-changi... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

February 4, 2014

Happy Camp Scratchers® Player a Happy Camper After Winning $5 Million!

SACRAMENTO – It’s not every day that there is a newly-minted millionaire in the town of Happy Camp. But that all changed when Georgia Merkler purchased a $20 $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers ticket on New Year’... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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