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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!

December, 1999

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December 25, 1999

Holiday Cheer Brings Big Spin® 2000 Contestants A Combined Total Of $230,000

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 25, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $230,000.California Gold contestants took a trip to the gold mine win... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 18, 1999

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SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show hosted it's "Hero In Education" segment on this week's show. Margaret McOsker, a resident at Atrium Retirement Home, will be turning 96 years old this month. She decided she was not ready t... Read more »

Supporting Education

December 18, 1999

Los Angeles Homemaker Wins $100,000! Actor Joe E. Tata Presents "Hero In Education" Award

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 18, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $262,500.Margaret McOsker, a resident at Atrium Retirement Home, will... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 16, 1999

California Lottery Commission Elects Chairman

Sacramento - David Rosenberg, an attorney and Yolo County Supervisor, was elected Chairman today by the California Lottery Commission at their monthly meeting in Sacramento. Former Senator Robert Beverly was elected Vice-Chairman.The California L... Read more »

Lottery Performance

December 14, 1999

California Lottery Releases Report on Who Plays the Lottery

SACRAMENTO, December 14, 1999 - The California Lottery today released a summary of research findings on demographic characteristics of lottery players.The research shows that, contrary to what some people think, lottery players reflect the popula... Read more »

Lottery Performance

December 11, 1999

First Ticket Ever Bought Wins Contestant $150,000

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 11, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $390,000."I told you, I told you," said the mother of Lakeisha Tobias... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 4, 1999

Palo Alto Resident Becomes 350th Millionaire On Big Spin® 2000 Show - Assembly Member Herb J. Wesson, Jr. Awards "Hero In Education"

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 4, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,267,500.Benjamin Flores, a cook from Palo Alto, had a winning Scrat... Read more »

Winners Stories

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