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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!

January, 2014

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January 30, 2014

Big Winner is Ready for a Vacation

Southern California Cook Wins $6.5 Million Top Prize  SACRAMENTO – Eduardo Hernandez walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office yesterday to claim his Lucky for Life... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 30, 2014

Emotional Win for $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers® Player

SACRAMENTO – Many lottery winners find it hard to control their emotions after hitting it big. In the case of Salvador Cardenas, you would never have guessed he just won $5 million because of his quiet and calm demeanor. Cardenas walked i... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 29, 2014

Northridge Crossword Scratchers® Player Comes Up Big With $750,000 Win!

SACRAMENTO – Crosswords aren’t just for newspapers anymore, especially when you can win $750,000 playing one! That is what happened to Edward Manookian when he purchased a $10 20X Crossword Scratchers ticket. Manookian says his wife... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 24, 2014

Small Business Owner Claims Powerball® Prize Worth Nearly $350,000

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday night, one lucky California Lottery player came within one number of winning a Powerball jackpot worth $131 million. The prize for matching five of six? A sizeable $347,092. So naturally John Bradley wasted no ti... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 24, 2014

New Dad-to-be in Torrance Claims $3 Million Powerball® Prize

SACRAMENTO – Daniel Miguel Galeon is having quite the year, and it’s only January! First, he found out he and his wife are expecting their first child. And now, the 26-year-old has won $3,167,202 playing Powerball. Galeon matched fiv... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 24, 2014

Taking Care of Cats Leads to $1 Million Scratchers® Ticket Win!

SACRAMENTO – Call it a feline fortune if you will. Patricia Witt decided to take some money she received for taking care of a friend’s cats and buy some California Lottery Scratchers tickets. That decision turned out to be purrrfect, as o... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 23, 2014

Two SoCal Winning Tickets Worth Nearly $530,000!

SACRAMENTO – Two lucky Southern California Lottery players got through the middle of the week by winning $529,977 combined! The first winning ticket matched five of the six numbers in last night’s Powerball® drawing. That ticket matc... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

January 23, 2014

San Andreas $8 Million SuperLotto Plus® Winner Finally Claims Jackpot

SACRAMENTO – It’s been almost a month of anticipation for the small town of San Andreas, as residents waited to find out who the lucky California Lottery player was who won $8 million on Christmas Day. The wait ended today as Judith Verma... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

January 19, 2014

Torrance Powerball® Ticket Worth $3 Million!

Jackpot Continues to Grow SACRAMENTO – While many Californians are waiting to find out which teams are headed to the Big Game, someone in Southern California can now buy seats along the 50-yard-line, if they so desire.... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

January 18, 2014

Riverside County Man Wins $5 Million on Coffee Run!

Very Last Square on $5 Million Jackpot Scratchers® Ticket Yields a Fortune for Temecula Retiree SACRAMENTO – It’s not unusual for some players, who all of a sudden find themselves worth an enor... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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