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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!

August, 2014

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August 29, 2014

‘I Was Grinning Like an Idiot’

Happy Face Hill Creator Wins $1 Million SACRAMENTO – Happy Face Hill could be described as an unofficial landmark in Simi Valley. For years the hill with the huge smiley face has gr... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 28, 2014

Perfect Timing for Lucky Life Winner

SACRAMENTO – It’s always great to see people win big, but it’s even better when it comes in a time of need. This particular win is a perfect example, as winner Rita Raymundo explained to us that she has been looking for a place to live be... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

August 28, 2014

Monterey Daily Derby® Ticket Pulls Off $391,000 Win!

SACRAMENTO – One lucky Daily Derby player has reason to celebrate today. That’s because they won the grand prize in last night’s draw. That player matched not just one, but all three winning horses (and the final race time) last nigh... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

August 26, 2014

‘Kaboom!’ Orange County Mom Spells Out $750,000 Bonus Crossword Scratchers® Payday!

SACRAMENTO – Some winners are more surprised than others, but Daniela Ward just had a feeling it might be her lucky day! “I knew there was a big ticket coming. I scanned it at the store and it said, ‘... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 25, 2014

$26 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot Claimed

SACRAMENTO – Just days after one very lucky Lottery player in Calimesa, CA hit the $180 million Mega Millions® jackpot, another lucky player claimed their $26 million SuperLotto Plus® prize. That’s over $200 million in just a matter of da... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 25, 2014

$200,000 L.A. County Ticket Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – It has now been two months since two lucky tickets from Los Angeles County matched all five Fantasy 5 numbers to split the top prize of $405,104. One of those lucky winners claimed their prize right away, but the owner of the... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

August 22, 2014

Huge $180 Million Mega Millions® Jackpot Ticket Sold in Riverside County!

Winner Purchased Lucky Ticket at Convenience Store in Tiny Calimesa SACRAMENTO – The Inland Empire is on a serious roll! Five weeks after John “Jack” Long won a $60 million Powerball® jackpot in Fontana, we know someone... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

August 21, 2014

Mom Fulfills Child’s Wish with Lottery Win in LA County

SACRAMENTO – It’s been tugging at Ruth Cendejas’ heart for some time. She’s the mother of two young children. Her son has said many times how he wishes their family could live in a house. “That’s what I should be doing. A mother is suppos... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 20, 2014

Cue the Excitement over $1 Million Lottery Win in Orange County

SACRAMENTO – You’ve heard about people discovering their Lottery win while at home, or sitting in their car outside a convenience store where they just purchased their lucky ticket. Not for Kevin Tran. The 26-year-old was hanging out in a... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

August 18, 2014

$7 Million Powerball® Ticket Claimed!

SACRAMENTO – Joseph Rosas did not win the $90 million Powerball jackpot last Saturday night, but he did win a record-setting prize. Rosas won the largest prize for a ticket matching five numbers in California Lottery history for all draw... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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