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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!

May, 2004

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May 28, 2004

Contestants on "The Big Spin®" Win More Than $250,000

SACRAMENTO – Thirteen contestants won a total of $267,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show. Madhu Sen from Modesto and Santos Sanchez of Lynwood were the two survivors from round one of the “Aces High” game.  In round two, San... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 28, 2004

Secretary for Education Richard Riordan Presents Exceptional Educator Award to San Ysidro Teacher

SACRAMENTO – “The Big Spin®” show aired Saturday, May 29, 2004 and featured Zeniada Rosario of San Ysidro who received the Lottery’s “Exceptional Educator” Award from Secretary for Education Richard Riordan.  Ms. Rosario’s love of te... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

May 22, 2004

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

SACRAMENTO – Thirteen contestants won a total of $212,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show. The first player at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Steve Nakahira, a painter from Burbank, who was overjoyed to win $70,000.&nbs... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 14, 2004

Two Spins Net Lompoc Man $3 Million on “The Big Spin®”

SACRAMENTO – Twenty-one California Lottery players from across the state combine their luck to win $3,175,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, May 15, 2004. From the first group of ten to play “Aces High,” Alfredo Torres... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 7, 2004

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $190,000

SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $197,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, May 8, 2004. Jim Day, a federal employee from Carlsbad, was the only contestant on this week’s show to play “F... Read more »

Winners Stories

May 7, 2004

James Avery Presents “Heroes in Education” Award to Fellow Actor

SACRAMENTO – On May 8, 2004, James Avery presented William Allen Young, who stars as the father on the television show Moesha, with the California Lottery's “Hero in Education” award on “The Big Spin®” show. For nearly 20 years, Young ha... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

May 5, 2004

"FULTON SQUARE LIQUOR" NAMED LOTTERY’S JUNE 2004 RETAILER OF THE MONTH

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery announced Fulton Square Liquor in Sherman Oaks as the California Lottery’s Retailer of the Month for June, 2004.  The ceremony is scheduled for May 5th, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. and it will be held at Fulton Squ... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

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