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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!

December, 2001

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December 29, 2001

MODESTO WOMAN WINS $120,000 ON THE BIG SPIN® SHOW

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, December 29, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $337,500.Assemblymember Kevin Shelley presented Sheila Quintana, a teache... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

December 24, 2001

LOTTERY CLARIFIES SCRATCHERS® PRODCEDURE ANNOUNCES "GOOD FAITH" PROMOTION

SACRAMENTO - Officials at the California State Lottery announced today that aggressive steps were taken several months ago to ensure the fairness of prize distribution in its Scratchers® games. The changes were following the discovery that some S... Read more »

Consumer Protection

December 21, 2001

Lottery's Response to Scratchers® and Top Prize Issue

The public should feel absolutely confident that every Scratchers® game currently on the market still has top prizes that have not been claimed. The Lottery can confidently say this because significant changes were immediately taken to ensure th... Read more »

Consumer Protection

December 15, 2001

LOS ANGELES STUDENT WINS $1,000,000 ON "THE BIG SPIN®"

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, December 15, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,082,500.An Orange County pediatrician, Dr. Paul Qaqundah, was awarded... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

December 8, 2001

BUTTONWILLOW MAN WINS MORE THAN $2 MILLION

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, December 8, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $2,372,500."Twice As Grand" contestant Marcial Carrera, a tractor driver f... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 1, 2001

TWO CALIFORNIANS WIN $75,000 EACH

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, December 1, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $190,000.This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Sydney Chew,... Read more »

Winners Stories

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