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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!

February, 2013

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February 27, 2013

Orange County MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth Over $600,000!

SACRAMENTO – One ticket sold in California was one number away from hitting last night’s $13 million MEGA Millions jackpot. However, the lucky ticket correctly matched five out of six numbers and is worth a whopping $630,786. The winnin... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 25, 2013

MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth More Than $150,000 Remains Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – Thirty days ago, a MEGA Millions ticket sold in Dana Point correctly matched five out of six numbers. This lucky ticket, which has yet to be claimed, is worth $156,712. The winning ticket was sold at Super Stop Liquor, whi... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 25, 2013

Second Chance Pays Off Huge for Recent College Graduate

SACRAMENTO – You can say that Geraldine Rojas has a lot on her plate. She just graduated from college, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and she is now working full-time…but she also has her sights set on going to medical school, whic... Read more »

Winners Stories

February 25, 2013

Woman Owes a Debt of Gratitude after Winning $1 Million!

SACRAMENTO – Amelia Llanos has finally done it. She broke down and cried over the amazing thing that happened to her. She won $1 million on a $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® ticket. Llanos say... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 20, 2013

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board Room in Los Angeles. Members of the public are invited to attend.... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 20, 2013

Valentine’s Day Gift Pays Off in a Big Way

Couple Wins $2,500 a Week for 25 Years  SACRAMENTO – It pays to be thoughtful on Valentine’s Day – just ask Jacob Barret, who was picking up brand new California Lucky for Life Scratchers® tickets for himself and his wife. It turned o... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 19, 2013

Avid Lottery Player is now a Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO – Maria Miguel is an avid Lottery player who has her routine down to a science. She buys a bunch of Scratchers® tickets, then takes them home and scratches them off while entering her non-winning ticket codes into our Replay prog... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 19, 2013

Huge Winning “California Lucky for Life” Ticket Sold in Stockton

Man Wins $2,500 a Week for 25 Years  SACRAMENTO – A California Lottery retailer in Stockton is celebrating a big win at the store. We’ve been telling you about the brand new California Lucky for Life family of Scratchers®. The payouts... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 18, 2013

$272,000 MEGA Millions® Ticket Sold in Lake Elsinore Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO –It’s been exactly one month since one lucky California Lottery player in Riverside County purchased a MEGA Millions ticket that turned out to be a big winner. The ticket matched five of six numbers in the draw on January 18 to w... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 15, 2013

San Jose Man Wins $1 Million on Christmas Eve, Karma Plays a Big Part

SACRAMENTO – Mark Brown is a smart man and a thoughtful man. He won the top prize on the $250 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers® ticket on Christmas Eve, but just recently came in to the Lottery’s East Bay... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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