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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, 2001

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January 27, 2001

Fantasy 5TM Contestants Win $220,000 On "Big Spin® 2000" Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 27, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $292,500. Fantasy 5TM contestant Frank Bausa, a chauffeur fr... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 20, 2001

San Leandro Resident Wins $100,000 On "Big Spin® 2000" Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 20, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $167,500. After winning $25,000, SPIN-SPIN-SPIN contestant L... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 13, 2001

Hollister Resident Wins $40,000 Actress Merrilee McCommas Presents "Hero in Education" Award

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 13, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $107,000. Actress Merrilee McCommas who portrays Patricia in... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

January 12, 2001

CALIFORNIANS CATCH Lotto FEVER - SUPERLotto PLUS JACKPOT ROLLS TO $40 MILLION

SACRAMENTO, January 12, 2001 -- Lottery officials announced the estimated SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Saturday night's draw at $40 million. "Our jackpot is at $40 million right now which makes it a very exciting time in California," said Lottery... Read more »

Lottery Performance

January 12, 2001

Lillian Roney Receives "Hero in Education" Award Actress Merrilee McCommas Celebrity Presenter

SACRAMENTO - Actress Merrilee McCommas presented Lillian Roney with California Lottery's "Hero In Education" award on the "Big Spin® 2000" show that airs January 13, 2001. At 78 years of age, Roney, a retired Teacher's Aid for the King City Schoo... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

January 6, 2001

Lucky Contestants Win $270,000 On "Big Spin® 2000" show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 6, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $270,000. More than $37 million in prizes were given away in... Read more »

Winners Stories

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