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

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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, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Lucky Mega Millions® Ticket Sold in Hollywood Area Creates California’s Latest Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO – Someone in the Southland may have woken up this morning in a sweat, but if so, it has nothing to do with the toasty temperatures this week! The more likely scenario: They’re the owner of the lucky Mega Millions ticket that ma... Read more »

Southern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 9, 2016

San Jacinto Valley Pizza Delivery Driver Gets Best Tip Ever – Wins $1.2 Million Scratchers® Prize!

SACRAMENTO – Every once in a while, Joseph Carrillo receives some pretty nice tips delivering pizzas in Hemet; but nothing like the one he got from his Pizza Hut co-worker recently! “My buddy was on a w... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 8, 2016

Woman Wins $750,000 in Watsonville

SACRAMENTO – A lucky California Lottery player spelled out a big win while playing a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers®. Ma Elena Melgoza won the top prize of $750,000! Melgoza bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven store located a... Read more »

Winners Stories

February 5, 2016

Birthday Gift Leads to $750,000 Scratchers® Win!

SACRAMENTO – Benjamin Mayberry probably had the best birthday he’s ever had in his life last month. That’s because the Bay Area resident received a $30 California Lottery 30th Anniversary Scratchers ticket that was worth $750,000! Th... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 5, 2016

Factory Worker Claims $1 Million Scratchers® Prize

SACRAMENTO – Alejandro Garcia is a proud father of five and a hard-working factory worker. So when he found out he was California’s newest $1 million winner, it didn’t stop him from getting up and going to work at 4 a.... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 5, 2016

Stay-at-Home Mom Claims $638,000 Powerball® Ticket Purchased in Vacaville!

SACRAMENTO – Lisa Wolin has only purchased California Lottery tickets a few times in her life. But she sure is glad she did the week of the massive $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot. Wolin is $638,146 richer after she m... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

February 3, 2016

Persistence Pays off for SuperLotto Plus® Playing Twins

Brothers Won $7 Million Jackpot on Ticket Sold in Lake Elsinore SACRAMENTO – John Boers has been playing the same set of numbers for five years. He always plays SuperLotto Plus and he plays with his twi... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 3, 2016

Half Million Dollar Win on Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Santa Clara County!

SACRAMENTO – Someone is now a half million dollars richer.  That’s because one lucky person won the top prize in the Fantasy 5 drawing last night. They did it on a ticket sold in Sunnyvale (Santa Clara County). It matched all five numbers... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

February 2, 2016

Three Hour Wait Leads to $638,000 Powerball® Prize from Lucky Ticket Purchased at Primm Valley!

SACRAMENTO – Herber Garcia-Najarro joined droves of Las Vegans who decided to take a shot at the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot last month. Najarro decided to stop by the wildly-popular Primm Valley Lotto Store located off I-15 on the C... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

February 2, 2016

$638,000 Powerball® Ticket Purchased in Sonoma County Claimed!

SACRAMENTO – Maria Torres is the latest of California’s Lucky Dozen Powerball winners to come forward. Torres is $638,146 richer after she matched five of six numbers (04-08-19-27-34), missing only the Powerball number of 10, in the Janua... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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