CA Lottery Home

About Us Games Retailers Corporate Social Responsibility Español

Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

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

Watch Lottery TV!

We're making news every day. See our engaging video reports on winners, events and how Lottery funding impacts your local schools!

Find us on all the major social media platforms and join in on the conversation.

See All The Ways We Support Education

How does the money get to schools? How is it used?
Meet some of the people benefitting from the supplemental funding provided by the Lottery.

Read the brochure (English)»

Read the brochure (Spanish)» 

Read the brochure (Chinese)» 

Read the brochure (Korean)» 

Read the brochure (Vietnamese)»


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, 2005

Browse Press Releases

Show all »

Showing 1 to 10 of 10

January 22, 2005

Actress Barbara Eden Presented “Heroes in Education” Award to Hanford Volunteer

SACRAMENTO – On January 22, 2005, Sylvia Huntington, a retired schoolteacher from Hanford, was presented with the California Lottery's “Heroes in Education” award on “The Big Spin®” show. For years, Ms. Huntington has been helping out underprivi... Read more »

Supporting Education

January 22, 2005

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $120,000

SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $125,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, January 22, 2005. This week “The Big Spin®” show introduced a new and exciting promotional game called “Cash Match... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 20, 2005

Lightning Strikes Again for Santa Clarita’s Valencia Liquor

SACRAMENTO, January 20, 2005 – The California Lottery’s rankings of “Lucky Retailers” grew by one last night. The $10 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot was won by one winning ticket drawn last night, Wednesday, January 19, 2005 with the winning num... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 18, 2005

Orange County Resident wins $81 million from the California Lottery

SACRAMENTO – January 18, 2005 - - Lottery winner plans to use some of his winnings to help victims of the tsunami! After coming down from his “shock” of winning the Lottery, Colin McLean, a resident from Orange County comes forward to claim his... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 15, 2005

Assemblymember Juan Vargas Presents “Exceptional Educator” Award to San Diego Teacher

SACRAMENTO – “The Big Spin®” show aired Saturday, January 15, 2005 and featured Keith Ballard of San Diego who received the Lottery’s “Exceptional Educator” award from Assemblymember Juan Vargas of San Diego. Keith Ballard is an exceptio... Read more »

Southern California | Supporting Education

January 15, 2005

Contestants Win a Total of $202,500 on “The Big Spin®” Show

SACRAMENTO – Contestants from across the state won a total of $202,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show. The first player at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Myrna Bradley, a flight attendant from Oakland, who was thrilled to win $75,... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 13, 2005


SACRAMENTO, January 13, 2005 – It's an $81 million dollar mystery: The identity of some lucky SuperLotto Plus ticket holder who matched all six of the lucky numbers and hasn't yet called the California State Lottery office to claim the big cash p... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 12, 2005


SACRAMENTO, January 12, 2005 -- Lottery officials announced SuperLotto Plus® jackpot for the drawing tonight, Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at $81 million. A jackpot of $81 million can be a dream come true for those who love cars. On August 28, 20... Read more »

Lottery Performance

January 7, 2005


SACRAMENTO, January 7, 2005 – The SuperLotto Plus® jackpot is $68 million – have you ever wondered how you would spend this money if you won? For many lucky Californians this question was easy to answer and it included sharing their good fortune... Read more »

Winners Stories

January 1, 2005

Contestants Win a Total of $130,000 on “The Big Spin®” Show

SACRAMENTO – Contestants from across the state won a total of $130,000 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show. Big Spin show hosts Maiquel Alejo and Pat Finn conducted a candid interview Viesta Hunter from Yucca Valley, who won $3 mil... Read more »

Winners Stories

Showing 1 to 10 of 10