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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!

January, 2017

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January 23, 2017

Scratchers® Luck Continues for Fresno Retiree Who Finally Becomes Instant Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO – When Paul Geston won $100,000 on a $5 California Lottery Scratchers game a few years ago, he admits he was understandably thrilled beyond words. Despite winning six figures, the 71-ye... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 21, 2017

$1.4 Million Mega Millions® Ticket Sold in West Covina

SACRAMENTO – One lucky California Lottery player is having a great weekend. That’s because a winning ticket was sold in West Covina that matched five of six numbers in last night’s Mega Millions draw. The prize? A whopping $1,498,... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 17, 2017

$1 Million Vista Powerball® Ticket Claimed!

SACRAMENTO – Theresa Mitchell is California’s newest millionaire! She won $1,098,095 after matching five of six numbers in a Powerball draw last month. Mitchell purchased her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 900 N. S... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 17, 2017

Woman Wins $1 Million in Van Nuys!

SACRAMENTO – A new year and a new ticket proved to be the lucky combination for a California Lottery player. Michele Cimmarusti won $1 million on a Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers®! That was a fast win because this $10 ticket... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 6, 2017

Lucky Circumstances Lead to Big Win on Ticket

SACRAMENTO – The new year is already starting out right for one family. Jerry and Gina Villa won $750,000 on a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers® that was sold in the Central Valley. The couple detailed a list o... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 5, 2017

Million Dollar Win on Ticket Sold in Los Angeles County!

SACRAMENTO – Many people dream of someday striking it rich. Well, it happened to a man who purchased a California Lottery ticket at a bookstore in Monterey Park (Los Angeles County). Minh Lam declined to share many details a... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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