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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, 2012

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March 31, 2012

Twenty-Nine Californians Win Big in Historic MEGA Millions® Draw

SACRAMENTO – It might almost be April Fools’ Day, but there’s no kidding around about this – an amazing 29 tickets in California matched five of six numbers in last night’s record-setting $640 million MEGA Millions draw. Each ticket is wo... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 30, 2012

MEGA Millions® Jackpot Raised to $640 Million – Largest Lottery Jackpot Ever

SACRAMENTO – The MEGA Millions jackpot for Friday night’s draw has been increased to the astonishing amount of $640 million!  It remains the largest jackpot in the history of lotteries around the world. The increase in the jackpot amount is... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 29, 2012

MEGA Millions® Jackpot Hits World Record Territory -- $540 Million

SACRAMENTO – The MEGA Millions jackpot for Friday night’s draw has officially become the largest jackpot in the history of lotteries around the world…$540 million! Not surprisingly, players took to the internet to find out the winning number... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 29, 2012

Pizzeria Claims $300,000 MEGA Millions® Prize

SACRAMENTO – An ecstatic group of 12 co-workers walked into the Lottery’s San Francisco District Office yesterday to claim their lottery prize. Last Tuesday, nine MEGA Millions tickets sold in California matched five of six numbers to win $308,57... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 28, 2012

MEGA Millions® Players Are Cashing In

Three of the Nine Californians Who Won More Than $300,000 Last Night Claimed Today SACRAMENTO – Although no one matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 28, 2012

Local Man Claims $366,126 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO – Manuel Carranza said he was “very nervous” when he found out that he had matched all five numbers in Sunday’s Fantasy 5 drawing. However, his nerves will have plenty of time to calm down before his $366,126 top prize check ar... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

March 28, 2012

MEGA Millions® Jackpot Hits a Historic $500 Million

Nine Californians Win More Than $300,000 Each SACRAMENTO – MEGA Millions Mania is in full effect! Since no one matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw, Friday’s jackpot has reached an all-ti... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

March 28, 2012

MEGA Millions® Players Are Cashing In

Three of the Nine Californians Who Won More Than $300,000 Last Night Claimed Today SACRAMENTO – Although no one matched all six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions... Read more »

Winners Stories

March 28, 2012

Winning Lottery is “Better Than a Dream”

SACRAMENTO – It is tough not to fantasize about what you might do if you hit the lottery. A Cottonwood man doesn’t have to imagine anymore. He is actually living that moment. Jason Savage was one of the seven California Lottery players who matche... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

March 27, 2012

Lottery Winner Caught a Big One

SACRAMENTO – He didn’t match all six numbers in Friday night’s $290 million MEGA Millions® jackpot draw, but George Saupe i... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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