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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!

October, 2001

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October 27, 2001

BIG SPIN CONTESTANTS WIN MORE THAN $350,000

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 27, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $367,500.Assemblymember Paul Koretz presented Janet Chapman, the principal... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 20, 2001

CONTESTANTS WIN MORE THAN $400,000 ON THE BIG SPIN® SHOW

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 20, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $442,500.Cloverdale residents Cheri Nicholson and Lohrie Pardue were award... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 13, 2001

FANTASY 5 CONTESTANTS WIN $220,000 ON THE BIG SPIN®

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 13, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $267,500.Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants won a total of $220,000 on th... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 6, 2001

Big Spin Contestant Wins First $3 Million Grand Prize

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 6, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $3,165,000.Jim Hess, a supervisor for a PVC pipe company from Stockton, mad... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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