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

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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!

December, 2011

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December 31, 2011

MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in San Jose Worth More Than $222,000

SACRAMENTO – One lucky California Lottery player will have a great start to the New Year.  That’s because someone in San Jose won $222,805 after matching five of six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw. The winning ticket was... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

December 30, 2011

New Year’s Resolution Leads to $1 Million Win

SACRAMENTO – San Francisco resident Javier V. decided that his New Year’s resolution for 2012 would be to stop playing the Lottery. So with only a few hours left in 2011, he decided he’d play just one last time. Javier bought a single $25... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

December 29, 2011

$216,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Francisco Claimed

SACRAMENTO – Last night, one lucky California Lottery player who purchased their Fantasy 5 ticket in San Francisco came up a big winner. This morning, Wolfgang B. walked into the Lottery’s San Francisco District Office to claim his top pr... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

December 29, 2011

El Monte Man claims ticket worth $338,106

SACRAMENTO – Harry W. of El Monte is going to have a great start to the New Year. That’s because today he claimed a MEGA Millions® prize worth $338,106. Harry said that when he receives his check he’s going to buy a new car to replace his... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

December 29, 2011

Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Francisco Wins $216,000 Top Prize

SACRAMENTO – After last night’s Fantasy 5 draw, one lucky California Lottery player now has the money to throw quite the New Year’s party. That’s because their Fantasy 5 ticket matched all five numbers to claim the top prize of $216,121.... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

December 29, 2011

MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Los Angeles Worth More Than $411,000 Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – One lucky California Lottery player who purchased their MEGA Millions ticket in Los Angeles for the draw on November 29 won a prize worth $411,656. But one month later, the mystery winner has yet to claim their prize. Th... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

December 29, 2011

MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth $250,000 Still Unclaimed After Five Months

SACRAMENTO – Although no one matched all six numbers in the MEGA Millions draw on July 29, one Lottery player was lucky enough to match five of six numbers and won $250,530. The big winner purchased their winning ticket in Rowland Heights... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

December 28, 2011

Las Vegas Man Finds Luck in California

SACRAMENTO – Usually people travel to Las Vegas in hopes of striking it rich, but this wasn’t the case for one lucky Las Vegas resident who struck it rich in California. Longtime bus driver Jimmy F. said he just happened to purchase a MEG... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 28, 2011

Three MEGA Millions® Tickets Sold in California Split Prize Worth More Than $1 Million

SACRAMENTO – While no ticket sold in California matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, three lucky players will be starting off the New Year with a lot more money in their bank accounts. The three tickets – sold... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

December 27, 2011

$1 Million Winner in Bell Gardens

SACRAMENTO – This holiday season, the winning continues for lucky California Lottery players – especially those who play the Lottery’s first-ever $10 Scratchers game “$250 Million Cash Spectacular.” Just this morning another millionaire w... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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