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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!

October, 2002

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October 25, 2002

ACTOR ALFONSO RIBEIRO PRESENTS CALIFORNIA LOTTERY'S HERO IN EDUCATION AWARD TO PHIL FRIEDMAN

SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 26, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $190,000. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro presented Phil Friedman with the Califo... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

October 18, 2002

CONTESTANTS WIN $150,000 ON THE BIG SPIN® SHOW

SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 19, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $150,000. The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Ho... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 11, 2002

CONTESTANTS WIN $230,000 ON THE BIG SPIN® SHOW

SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 12, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $230,000. Gloria Valentine Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 10, 2002

Group Of 30 Aerospace Employees Claim Half of $82 Million Jackpot

SACRAMENTO, October 10, 2002 — Lottery officials announced that 30 Gulfstream employees came forward to claim half of Wednesday's SuperLotto Plus jackpot of $82 million. The group captain, Betty Plunkett who organizes the player group said," It's... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

October 7, 2002

Downey Teacher Receives "Exceptional Educator Award"

SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 5, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $150,000. Assemblymember Sally Havice presented Gayla Rudolph-Emerson wi... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

October 7, 2002

Lightening Strikes Fourth Winner at BlueBirds Daily Derby Record Prize Won at Lucky Lotto Retailer

SACRAMENTO, October 7, 2002 -- Lottery officials announced that Emery Worlwide employee, Bill Copeland won more than $1 Million playing the Lottery's Daily Derby game. Copeland who was on his way to work stopped to pick-up tickets at lucky retail... Read more »

Winners Stories

October 6, 2002

$82 MILLION SUPERLotto PLUS JACKPOT UP FOR GRABS...WHO'S NEXT?

SACRAMENTO, October 6, 2002 -- Lottery officials announced the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at $82 million. "Somewhere in California is the next SuperLotto Plus winner," said Lottery Director Joan Wilson. "The jackpot is... Read more »

Lottery Performance

October 6, 2002

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AT LUCKY BLUEBIRD LIQOURS IN HAWTHORNE DAILY DERBY PRIZE RECORD-BREAKER

WHAT: Press conference for the largest Daily Derby winner of $1,007,712. An Emery Worldwide employee stopped at the famous lucky Lottery retailer, Bluebird Liquor to purchase SuperLotto Plus pool tickets and bought a couple of Daily Derby tick... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 4, 2002

THE CALIFORNIA LOTTERY IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD DOGS

WHAT: Together with PETCO stores, the California Lottery wants to know if you have one of California's "Top Dogs?" The Lottery is developing a new series of Scratchers tickets featuring California's "Top Dogs." The Lottery will be travelli... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

October 3, 2002

SUPERLotto PLUS JACKPOT RISES TO $69 MILLION — THE CURRENT LARGEST JACKPOT IN THE COUNTRY

SACRAMENTO, October 3, 2002 - Lottery officials announced the estimated SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Saturday night's draw at $69 million. "What a great way to kick off the Fall," said Lottery Director Joan Wilson. "This means $43 million more fun... Read more »

Lottery Performance

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