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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!

January, 2002

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January 31, 2002

NO SCRATCHING, NO MATCHING, NO TICKETS

SACRAMENTO, January 31, 2002 -- The California Lottery announced the details of a Scratchers® $1 Million Drawing offering players a chance to win one of 240 prizes ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. To enter, players should to send in their name, ad... Read more »

Lottery Performance

January 26, 2002

Los Angeles Teacher Receives Exceptional Educator Award

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 26, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $120,000. This week's show featured Exceptional Educator Kathleen Hann... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

January 23, 2002

Speaker-Elect Wesson Selects 11 Finalists for California Memorial License Plate Art Contest

SACRAMENTO -- Speaker-elect Herb Wesson selected 11 finalists from California high school students, today, who submitted art designs for the California Memorial License Plate Art Contest. California Lottery Director Joan Wilson hosted Speaker-ele... Read more »

Supporting Education

January 19, 2002

CONTESTANTS WIN NEARLY $300K ON "THE BIG SPIN®" SHOW

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 19, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $297,500. The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Aida... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 16, 2002

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF CALIFORNIA LOTTERY IN SCRATCHERS LAWSUIT

The California Lottery announced today its reaction to Judge Ron Robie's decision to deny plaintiff's request for a writ of mandate."The court made the correct decision. The California Lottery Commission, not the court, is charged with running the Lo... Read more »

Lottery Performance

January 15, 2002

David Rosenberg Elected Chairman of Lottery Commission

Sacramento - David Rosenberg, Chairman of the Board of Yolo County Supervisors and Director of Community and Intergovernmental Relations and Senior Advisor to Governor Gray Davis was re-elected Chairman unanimously by the California Lottery Commissio... Read more »

Lottery Performance

January 12, 2002

Californians Win $202,500 on the "THE BIG SPIN® Show"

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 12, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $202,500.A Long Beach Rotary Club member, Mr. Robert Bowden, was awarded t... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 11, 2002

LOTTERY CLARIFIES SCRATCHERS® PROCEDURE; ANNOUNCES "GOOD FAITH" PROMOTION

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

Consumer Protection

January 5, 2002

SACRAMENTO MAN WINS FIRST $1 MILLION PRIZE OF 2002 ON "THE BIG SPIN"® SHOW

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 5, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,180,000.This week's first finalist at the California Gold game was Harry... Read more »

Winners Stories

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