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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!

January, 2000

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January 29, 2000

$2 Million "Extravaganza 2000" Winner Announced

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday January 29, 2000 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $247,500.California Lottery's newest way to win $2 Million, "Extravaganza 2... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 27, 2000

Two Lottery Tickets Sold in Northern California Await Winners to Claim Them

Sacramento - Northern California is THE place to buy Lottery tickets. Two recent winning tickets were both sold in Northern California, one in Scramento worth $15 million and one in Vallejo, worth $4 million, and both are awaiting the winners to clai... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

January 22, 2000

California Gold Contestants Pan Up $225,000 In Cash

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday January 22, 2000 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $325,000.California Gold contestants won a total of $225,000 on this week's... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 15, 2000

California contestants Win $192,500 - Ms. America Presents "Hero In Education" Award

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 15, 2000 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $192,500.Tom Thompson, a volunteer parent at San Juan Unified School Distr... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

January 14, 2000

Ms. America Presents California's "Hero In Education" Award

SACRAMENTO - California Lottery hosted it's "Hero In Education" award segment on this week's "Big Spin® 2000" show. Reigning Ms. America, Susan Jeske, presented this week's honoree, Tom Thompson with the award. Thompson was awarded the "Hero In Educa... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

January 8, 2000

Rosamond Resident Celebrates Year 2000 with $1 Million!

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 8, 2000 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,225,000."I would have been happy winning anything," exclaimed Kenny Rome... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 1, 2000

"Big Spin® 2000" Contestants Celebrate New Year With $387,500!!!

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 1, 2000 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $387,500."I’m going to take a vacation with my whole family, we need one,"... Read more »

Winners Stories

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