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Fact: The California Lottery pays out tens of millions of dollars in prizes every week. 

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!

November, 1999

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November 27, 1999

Contestants Give Thanks For $225,000 In Prizes

SACRAMENTO - California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, November 27, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $225,000.Two contestants played the Fantasy 5 TM... Read more »

Winners Stories

November 23, 1999

GAME SHOW CLAIMS CHALLENGED

SACRAMENTO - The multi-million dollar game show wars are heating up. Fox Television is backing down on its claims of offering the largest prizes in TV history, after being challenged by the California Lottery®. Contestants of the Lottery's "Big S... Read more »

Lottery Performance

November 20, 1999

Big Spin® 2000 Contestants Are Thankful for More Than $300,000 in Prizes

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday November 20, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $317,500.Mario Pena, a car salesperson of Los Angeles had a winning Sc... Read more »

Winners Stories

November 13, 1999

Fantasy 5™ Contestants Win Combined Total Of $170,000

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday November 13, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $297,500.Mario Rodriguez, a Landscaper from Petaluma had a winning Scr... Read more »

Winners Stories

November 6, 1999

Brawley Resident Wins $1 Million - Actor Ricardo Montalban Presents "Hero In Education" Award, And The New "High Rollers" Game Debuts

SACRAMENTO -- The new California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday November 6, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,167,500.A special appearance by film star Ricardo Montalban... Read more »

Winners Stories

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