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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

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!

April, 2012

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April 30, 2012

Three of 29 MEGA Millions® Tickets Worth More Than $227,000 from Historic Draw Remain Unclaimed

Tickets Sold in San Francisco, Fremont, and Hollywood Still Out There  SACRAMENTO – It was one month ago today that people all over the state were scrambling to buy their MEGA Millions tickets for what would turn... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 28, 2012

Tickets in Northern and Southern California Split MEGA Millions® Prize Worth More Than $625,000

SACRAMENTO – Two lucky California Lottery players – one in Northern California and one in Southern California – managed to match five of six numbers in last night’s MEGA Millions draw. When the big winners come forward, each will receive... Read more »

Winners Stories

April 27, 2012

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA LOTTERY

Media Advisory   IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA LOTTERY   Lottery Terminals Down During Planned Maintenance Upgrad... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 27, 2012

Three MEGA Millions® Tickets Worth More Than $300,000 Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – It has now been one month since nine MEGA Millions tickets matched five out of six numbers to win $308,573 each. Three of those nine tickets remain unclaimed.  The unclaimed tickets were sold at: Stopper Liquor, which i... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 26, 2012

Lottery Teams Up with Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation on Scratchers® Ticket

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) today announced the release of the Stars & Stripes Scratchers ticket.... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 25, 2012

Lottery Terminals Down During Planned Maintenance Upgrade

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA LOTTERYLottery Terminals Down During Planned Maintenance Upgrade  SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery would like to inform its customers of a planned systems maintenance upgrad... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 25, 2012

Nor Cal Lottery Winner is Thankful for Long Lines

SACRAMENTO – Admit it, you have done it before – become frustrated while waiting in a long line.  A Greenbrae man has learned that patience can pay off. While waiting for an open pump at the gas station on F... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 25, 2012

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento.Members of the public are invited to attend.Persons needing reasonable accommodations may... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

April 24, 2012

Bay Area Man is California’s Newest Millionaire

SACRAMENTO – Bay Area resident Frederick Flefel just had the longest weekend of his life. That’s because on Friday, Flefel purchased an instant $1 million-winning $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® ticket, but had to hold onto it u... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

April 23, 2012

A Fantasy Played Out in San Diego

SACRAMENTO – At least one lucky California Lottery player just had their Fantasy played out in San Diego. Last night a ticket purchased in that area matched all five Fantasy 5 numbers to win an amazing $232,218. The jackpot-winning t... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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