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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!

October, 2000

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October 27, 2000

Luck Runs High For San Lorenzo Couple On Big Spin® 2000 Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, October 28, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $202,500. Sandra Virgen Cruz's husband bought a "Big Spin"... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

October 21, 2000

More Than a Quarter of a Million Won on The "Big Spin® 2000" Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, October 21, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $257,500. Virginia de la Piedra received California Lottery'... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 20, 2000

Lotto FEVER FACTS - JACKPOT FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2000 NOW $85 MILLION

The jackpot for Saturday, October 21, 2000 is $85 million and is the largest lottery jackpot in the United States this week (even larger than the multi-state lotteries like Powerball and The Big Game). With at least 34% of all Lottery sales goi... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

October 20, 2000

Virginia de la Piedra Receives "Hero in Education" Award

SACRAMENTO - Actor Karim Prince of NBC's Freaks and Geeks presented Virginia de la Piedra with California Lottery's "Hero In Education" award on the "Big Spin® 2000" show that airs October 21, 2000. Ms. De La Piedra is the founder and president o... Read more »

Supporting Education

October 19, 2000

SUPERLotto PLUS JACKPOT RISES TO $85 MILLION

SACRAMENTO, October 19, 2000 -- Lottery officials announced the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Saturday, October 21, 2000 at $85 million. "On Wednesday, sales reached more than $1 million during the noon hour," said Tony Molica, Lottery Sales Direct... Read more »

Lottery Performance

October 16, 2000

JACKPOT ADVISORY -- SUPERLotto PLUS JACKPOT RISES TO $60 MILLION

SACRAMENTO, October 16, 2000 -- Lottery officials announced the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at $60 million. "It's very exciting that the California Lottery has the highest Lottery jackpot in the nation, even higher tha... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

October 7, 2000

Pomona Resident Wins $1 Million Spinning the Largest Prize Wheel in the World on the "Big Spin® 2000" Television Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, October 7, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $1,347,500. "I can't explain how I'm feeling right now," said... Read more »

Winners Stories

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