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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!

March, 2010

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March 30, 2010

Retired Inland Empire Man Will Buy Childhood Home With Lottery Winnings

SACRAMENTO – A $204,320 lottery prize will help an Inland Empire retiree buy his childhood home. Robert Smith of Upland recently lost his mother, and, since her passing, her home in Arizona was listed for sale. Smith says he... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 30, 2010

Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Irwindale Worth Nearly $178,000

SACRAMENTO – A California Lottery player that purchased a ticket in Irwindale for last night’s Fantasy 5 draw is richer today. That’s because their ticket matched all five numbers to claim the $177,980 jackpot. The numbers o... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 30, 2010

Winning MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth $518K Sold in South Pasadena

SACRAMENTO – A California Lottery player who bought their ticket in South Pasadena matched five of six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, and won a $518,605 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Fair Oaks Gas,... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 29, 2010

$800,000 Benicia Ticket Expires Today

SACRAMENTO – California Lottery officials are asking lottery players in Benicia to spend the day checking every secret hiding place. That’s because 5 p.m. today is the last chance to claim a MEGA Millions® prize worth $796,804.... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 27, 2010

Northern Californians Score Big on this Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”

SACRAMENTO - "Make Me a Millionaire," the California Lottery’s TV game show, awarded 12 lucky contestants a total of $167,000 in cash and prizes on this week’s show. This week’s episode awarded two of the three Lucky... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 27, 2010

Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Upland Worth More than $200,000

SACRAMENTO – A lucky California Lottery player that purchased a ticket in Upland for last night’s Fantasy 5 draw woke up a much wealthier person this morning. That’s because their ticket matched all five numbers to claim the $204,320 jackpot.... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 26, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY - Spelling Bee in Walnut Creek

WHAT: For 25 years, the California Lottery has been supporting California educational efforts by providing supplemental income to sc... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 25, 2010

California Lottery Sponsors Financial Literacy Courses for Teens

SACRAMENTO – In honor of April being recognized as Financial Literacy Month in California, the California Lottery today announced a new partnership with the YoungBiz Foundation California to sponsor a series of financial literacy seminars for Sac... Read more »

Supporting Education

March 23, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY - Spelling Bee in San Diego

WHAT: For 25 years, the California Lottery has been supporting California educational efforts by providing supplemental income to sc... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 22, 2010

$800,000 Benicia Ticket Expires in One Week

SACRAMENTO – Luck may be running out for a California Lottery player in Benicia who has yet to claim a MEGA Millions® prize worth well over three-quarters of a million dollars. Only one week remains to claim the ticket, which was purchased for th... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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