CA Lottery Home

Who We Are 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. 

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!

April, 2005

Browse Press Releases

Show all »

Showing 1 to 10 of 13

April 29, 2005

bigspin_04-30

SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players were excited to win a total of $352,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, April 30, 2005. Opening the show was Carl Cantrell, a radiology technician from Reseda, who was one of three contestants... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 29, 2005

SUPERLotto PLUS JACKPOT ROLLS TO $40 MILLION

SACRAMENTO, April 29, 2005 -- Lottery officials announced the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Saturday night’s draw at $40 million. “It’s time for Spring cleaning,” said Chon Gutierrez, Acting Director for the California State Lottery. “So if you fin... Read more »

Lottery Performance

April 23, 2005

Contestants Win a Total of $255,000 on “The Big Spin®” Show

SACRAMENTO – Twenty-one California Lottery players from across the state combined their luck to win $255,000 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, April 23, 2005. The sole “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” player was Patricia Mochel, a retiree fr... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 16, 2005

Actor Mark Hamill Presented “Heroes in Education” Award to Group Volunteers

SACRAMENTO – On April 16, 2005, The National Visiting Teachers Association, a group of retired schoolteachers and administrators from Sacramento, were presented with the California Lottery's “Heroes in Education” award on “The Big Spin®” show. F... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

April 16, 2005

Contestants Win a Total of $97,500 on “The Big Spin®” Show

SACRAMENTO – Contestants from across the state won a total of $97,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show. Fahim Boktor, a cashier from Panorama City purchased a Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Dawud’s Mobil in Sepulveda and uncovered Spin... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 12, 2005

Lottery Commission Unanimously Approves Mega Millions Game Rules And Regulations Paving Way For Launch

SACRAMENTO (CA) – April 12, 2005 – The California Lottery Commission today moved the Lottery one step closer to launching the multi-state Mega Millions lotto game in California by approving the game’s rules and regulations during a Lottery Commis... Read more »

Lottery Performance

April 9, 2005

Assemblymember Mark Leno Presents “Exceptional Educator” Award to San Francisco Teacher

SACRAMENTO – “The Big Spin®” show aired Saturday, April 9, 2005 and featured Lydia Stack of San Francisco who received the Lottery’s “Exceptional Educator” award from Assemblymember Mark Leno of San Francisco. A veteran teacher of 33 years, Lydi... Read more »

Northern California | Supporting Education

April 9, 2005

Contestants Win a Total of $247,500 on “The Big Spin®” Show

SACRAMENTO – Contestants from across the state won a total of $247,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show. The first player at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Harold Ramsey, a retiree from Hemet, who assigned his sister-in-law, Nancy D... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 7, 2005

LOTTERY COMMISSION TO HOLD MEETING IN SACRAMENTO

SACRAMENTO, April 7, 2005 -- The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at the California Lottery Headquarters Building located at 600 North 10th Street in Sacramento, California. M... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

April 4, 2005

Dreamers Check Your SuperLotto Plus® Tickets For Second Largest Prize Sold in Los Angeles County

SACRAMENTO, April 4, 2005 – Lottery officials announced that one ticket won last Saturday’s $72 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot. “Check your wallets and your purses, take a close look at your tickets, " advised Acting Lottery Director Chon Gutier... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

Showing 1 to 10 of 13