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Myth: Nobody Wins the Lottery.

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


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!

May, 2013

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May 28, 2013

Daily Derby® Ticket Worth Over $300,000 Claimed

SACRAMENTO – Debra Pritchett is either really good at playing the Lottery or just extremely lucky. Earlier today, Pritchett walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office holding a Daily Derby ticket worth $324,170! S... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 27, 2013

Daily Derby® Ticket Sold in Los Angeles Worth More Than $300,000

SACRAMENTO – One lucky Lottery player will soon be galloping all the way to the bank. That’s because the player who purchased their Daily Derby ticket in Los Angeles matched all three winning horses and the final race time, earning them a h... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 26, 2013

One Lucky Alhambra Player Wins $477,000 POWERBALL® Prize

Delaware, Florida and Louisiana Tickets Split $50 Million Jackpot SACRAMENTO – One lucky lottery ticket sold in Alhambra managed to correctly match five out of six numbers in last night’s POWERBALL draw and is worth $477,969... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 25, 2013

Two MEGA Millions® Tickets Will Split Over $1.6 Million!

SACRAMENTO –Two MEGA Millions tickets were just one number away from splitting last night’s $15 million jackpot. But the pair of lucky winners still have a lot to celebrate about this Memorial Day weekend as their tickets are each worth $81... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 24, 2013

Time Running Out for Orange County MEGA Millions® Ticket Worth More Than $150,000

SACRAMENTO – It has now been four months since a MEGA Millions ticket sold in Dana Point correctly matched five out of six numbers. The ticket is worth $156,712 and only has two months left to be claimed. The winning ticket was sold at... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 23, 2013

Student Claims Multi-Million Dollar POWERBALL® Prize!

SACRAMENTO – It’s the news we’ve been waiting for. We now know who purchased one of the two tickets that matched five numbers in Saturday’s historic POWERBALL draw. These tickets missed the record POWERBALL jackpot by just one number, but a... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 23, 2013

One Lucky Los Angeles Player Wins $465,000 as POWERBALL® Jackpot Rolls to $50 Million!

SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles is the latest city to sell a winning POWERBALL ticket, this one worth $465,539 with that ticket matching five out of six numbers in last night’s draw. The winning ticket was sold at Whitley Heights Market, which is... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 22, 2013

Cancellation of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission meeting to be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 has been cancelled. The next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for June 27, 2013. The mission of the California Lottery is to pro... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

May 22, 2013

Media Alert: News Conference to Introduce $2.3 Million POWERBALL® Winner!

SACRAMENTO – This is to alert you that the winner of a $2.3 million POWERBALL prize has come forward to claim their ticket. The winner and the winner’s family will share their story during a news conference TOMORROW. What:    $2.3 milli... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 19, 2013

Two Multi-Million Dollar POWERBALL® Wins in California!

SACRAMENTO – The excitement continues in the wake of last night’s historic POWERBALL draw. Players in both Northern and Southern California are anxiously checking their tickets with news of not one, but two multi-million dollar wins in our... Read more »

Winners Stories

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