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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!

May, 2001

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May 26, 2001

Los Angeles Resident Wins More Than $2 Million

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 26, 2001, in 12 television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $2,277,500. Contestant, Noe Carranza of Los Angeles, progressed to th... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 19, 2001

Winning Ticket Lost Then Found Many Months Later

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 19, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $140,000, including two winners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Many... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 12, 2001

"Twice As Grand" Contestants Play For More Than $2 Million

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 12, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $95,000. Shirley Bennett of Van Nuys said she was so excited when she... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 5, 2001

The "Big Spin®" Show Returns With A New Look And A New Game

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 5, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $112,500. The Big Spin® show has returned with a flashy new look and a... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 4, 2001

Robin Sortman Receives "Hero in Education" Award

SACRAMENTO - Actress Marla Gibbs presented Robin Sortman, from Sacramento, with California Lottery's "Hero In Education" award on the "Big Spin®" show that airs May 5, 2001. Robin Sortman has been volunteering at Jefferson Elementary School in Sa... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

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