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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!

November, 2015

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November 23, 2015

Los Angeles Woman Scores Big With $750,000 Scratchers® Prize

SACRAMENTO – Amy Chen is a “daddy’s girl” and spends a lot of time at her parents’ house. Recently she gave her dad money to buy her a couple of Scratchers tickets. She likes the $10 tickets, so her dad bought her two Mystery Crossword Sc... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 20, 2015

Ventura County Winner Finally off ‘EZ Payment Plan’

Retiree Credits Good Day on Golf Course for lucky $750,000 Scratchers® Payday SACRAMENTO – Whenever William Smith goes on a trip with his travel partner, the 77-year-old retiree admits he doesn’t always have the cash he... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 20, 2015

School Bus Driver Wins $500,000 Top Prize

SACRAMENTO – At 49-years-old, Martin Veloz (pictured below) might just be having the best year of his life. Veloz is a school bus driver for special education students, and after 16 years on the job, he was recently hired on permanently.... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 19, 2015

Powerball® Ticket Worth $866,000 Sold in L.A.

SACRAMENTO – Never mind splurging on an extravagant Thanksgiving turkey meal. The owner of a winning Powerball ticket purchased at a South Los Angeles market has the money now to buy a small turkey farm if they want – or at least a full t... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 18, 2015

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Burbank City Hall in Burbank. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accomm... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

November 17, 2015

Favorite Numbers Pay Off Again for Winner in Los Angeles County!

SACRAMENTO – Teodomiro Felix knows a good thing when he sees it. The 62-year-old Wilmington man won nearly a half million dollars in the Fantasy 5 draw last Thursday. He did it pulling from some of the same block of numbers that he won wi... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 16, 2015

$1 Million Scratchers® Win in North Hollywood!

SACRAMENTO – The saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Valeria Rocha knew she had a good thing coming when she walked into the California Lottery’s Van Nuys office earlier this month. That’s because she had a winning Deluxe 7’s... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 16, 2015

Salinas Man Has Dream Before Walking Away with $500K

Taco Maker Bought Lucky Ticket on Way to Work at Grocery Store Meat Dept. SACRAMENTO – Fernando Montero doesn’t speak much English – but he definitely understands the universal symbol for money: the dollar sign! This Sa... Read more »

Winners Stories

November 13, 2015

Nearly Half Million Dollar Win on Ticket Sold in Los Angeles County!

SACRAMENTO – Someone is definitely going to have A LOT to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. That’s because one lucky person won nearly a half million dollars playing Fantasy 5 last night. This ticket sold in Los Angeles County matched al... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 12, 2015

$1.5 Million Mega Millions® Ticket Sold in San Jose

SACRAMENTO – It’s a very happy Veterans Day in particular for one lucky lottery player in the Bay Area. A single ticket successfully matched five of six numbers in last night’s Mega Millions draw to win $1,593,144! The winning ticke... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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