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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!

May, 2014

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May 30, 2014

$200,000 Scratchers® Win for El Cajon Man

SACRAMENTO – Mike Kaspolis is a simple man; a small business owner who never expected to win anything like this. “When I bought the ticket, I scratched it and looked at it but didn’t know I had won. S... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 30, 2014

U.S. Forest Service Firefighter’s Blazing Hot Luck Leads to $1.3 Million Win in Shasta County!

Who Says ‘Lying in Bed All Day’ Isn’t a Lucrative Way to Spend Your Day Off?! SACRAMENTO – It’s grueling and dangerous – yet it’s an exceptionally rewarding line of work. But talk about exhaust... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 29, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY:Group of 45 Riverside Seniors Win $500,000 Playing SuperLotto Plus® 2nd Chance

Press Availability With Winners Today in Riverside County SACRAMENTO – Buying SuperLotto Plus tickets in a group pool is a new tradition for residents of Cambria at Riverwalk senior... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 27, 2014

El Monte Player Wins $750,000 Crossword Payday at Lucky Store

Family-Owned Donut & Ice Cream Shop Has Second Large Scratchers® Win SACRAMENTO – Mario Bermejo has great taste! That’s why this discerning California Lottery player decided to... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 25, 2014

San Francisco Ticket hits $70 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot

SACRAMENTO – A lucky California Lottery player is celebrating the unofficial start of summer with $70 million after matching all six numbers in last night’s SuperLotto Plus draw! The winning numbers are 13, 11, 23, 27, 29 and the Meg... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 22, 2014

Last-Second Purchase Leads to $1.2 Million Win

SACRAMENTO – Pauline Obiaha was leaving the grocery store last week when she got that nagging feeling that she forgot to buy something. She quickly realized she forgot to buy her weekly Powerball® ticket. Pauline was running short on time... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 21, 2014

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accommodations... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 21, 2014

$175,000 Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in San Jose!

SACRAMENTO – One lucky California Lottery Fantasy 5 player who purchased a ticket in San Jose is having a great Wednesday morning. That’s because their ticket matched all of the winning Fantasy 5 numbers of 29, 18, 3, 11 and 6 from last n... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 20, 2014

Foster Mom Wins $750,000!

SACRAMENTO – As a mother to three adopted children, all Rosalie Tumminaro wishes for, is to be able to leave something for her children when she’s gone. Call it luck or an act of fate, Rosalie’s wish... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 19, 2014

Man Wins $283,000 on Fantasy 5 Using a Combination of Birthdays – on His Birthday!

SACRAMENTO – It’s a pretty common strategy for California Lottery players to use birthdates as the numbers they pick. But have you ever heard of a player using birthdates on their birthday and then ac... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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