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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

Fact: The California Lottery pays out tens of millions of dollars in prizes every week. 


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!

April, 2004

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April 30, 2004

Assemblymember Gloria Negrete McLeod Presents “Exceptional Educator” Award to Chino Teacher

SACRAMENTO – “The Big Spin®” show airs this Saturday, May 1, 2004 and features Cathlene Gould of Chino who will receive the Lottery’s “Exceptional Educator” Award from Assemblymember Gloria Negrete McLeod.  Ms. Gould has served in the Chino... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

April 30, 2004

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $200,000

SACRAMENTO – Contestants were pleased to have won a total of $227,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show.The first player at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Nick Salyer, a retiree from Riverside, who was overjoyed to win $75,000.&n... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

April 23, 2004

Contestants on "The Big Spin®" Win More Than $500,000

SACRAMENTO - Several contestants struck gold by winning a total of $577,500 at this weekend's "The Big Spin®" show. The winner of the "Aces High" round, Ramon Pacheco of Reedley, won big by hitting a triple on the wheel followed by $100,000 for a... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 16, 2004

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $100,000

SACRAMENTO – Several happy contestants walked away with a total of $117,500 at this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show.Beginning with Sela Schaumkel from Antioch, who won $50,000 at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”  Schaumkel who purc... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 14, 2004

California Lottery Debuts New SuperLotto Plus Announcer

Sacramento, April 14th, 2004 -- The California Lottery is pleased to welcome Staci Anderson as the new SuperLotto Plus announcer!  The SuperLotto Plus draws are broadcast in twelve television markets statewide.  “I’ve lived in California al... Read more »

Lottery Performance

April 9, 2004

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $160,000

SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $162,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, April 10, 2004.Helen Aring, a retiree from Oakland, won $70,000 and was the only contestant on this we... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 9, 2004

Phyllis Diller Presents “Heroes in Education” Award to Restaurant Owner

SACRAMENTO – Phyllis Diller presented Angelo Peloni with the California Lottery's “Hero in Education” award on “The Big Spin®” show, on April 10, 2004. Peloni who owns the Los Angeles restaurant called “La Bruschetta,” noticed that when a nearby... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

April 5, 2004

JACKPOT ADVISORY: California Lottery SuperLotto Plus Jackpot Rises to $63 Million

SACRAMENTO, April 5, 2004 – Californians are quickly catching Lotto Fever as it spreads throughout California.  “It’s only $1 dollar to buy a chance at winning $63 million” said Tony Molica, CEO of the California Lottery.  “It’s easy to cat... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 4, 2004


SACRAMENTO, April 4, 2004 -- Lottery officials announced the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Wednesday night’s draw at $61 million.  “What better way is there to welcome in spring than by stopping to smell the roses, and winning the $61 million Supe... Read more »

Lottery Performance

April 2, 2004

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $200,000

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery’s “The Big Spin®” show, having aired Saturday, April 3, 2004, gave Californians $227,500.The first lucky player was Michael Shannon, a state auditor from Sacramento, who was thrilled to win $95,000 at the... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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