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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!

September, 2016

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September 22, 2016

Lottery Player and Store Owner Celebrate $5 Million Scratchers® Win in Southland!

SACRAMENTO – Ada Perez was ecstatic when she thought she won $500,000 on a Scratchers ticket. So you can only imagine her excitement when she realized she had actually won $5 million! Perez became Cal... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

September 22, 2016

San Francisco Employees to Cash in on Boss’s $750,000 Mystery Crossword Scratchers® Win!

SACRAMENTO – They were winding down the day, so HVAC contractor Rodolfo “Rudy” Valderrama and a couple of his employees pulled the van over at Western Donut in the City (2034 Mission Street) to pick u... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

September 21, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

September 17, 2016

Winning $756,000 Mega Millions® Ticket Sold at East Bay Lottery Retailer!

SACRAMENTO – Somebody in Illinois may have hit the estimated $133 million Mega Millions jackpot last night – but at least one player who purchased a ticket here in the Golden State has reason to celebrate as well! That’s because tha... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

September 12, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accommoda... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

September 12, 2016

Nervous Wife and Calm Husband Make Great Team in Inland Empire

SACRAMENTO – Robert and Norma Mendoza have been married 20 years and make a great team. He is an air conditioning technician who happened to be working in the San Bernardino area recently and decided to stop by a local convenience store a... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

September 12, 2016

Powerball® Ticket Sold in Solano County Matches Five of Six Numbers – Wins $1.3 Million Prize!

Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot is Now an Estimated $222 Million SACRAMENTO – One Powerball ticket sold in California was one number away from hitting last night’s huge $207.3 million jackpot. Although that ticket didn’t... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

September 8, 2016

Temecula $2.3 Million Mega Millions® Ticket Claimed!

Latest Big California Lottery Win for Local Small Business SACRAMENTO – The mega run of Mega Millions jackpots in July paid off big time for a group of six players from Riverside County. That’s because they purchased a... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

September 7, 2016

Wife Proves to be Husband’s Lucky Charm

SACRAMENTO – Alma Mensah-Butts is one of California’s newest millionaires after her husband bought a $2 Set for Life Scratchers® ticket that turned out to be a top prize winner – $4,000 per month for 25 years, which comes out to a grand t... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

September 6, 2016

San Joaquin County Powerball® Winner Claims $785,000 Prize After Thinking She’d ‘Only’ Won $785.00!

SACRAMENTO – As she scanned a handful of Scratchers® tickets and draw game receipts on July 31, it wasn’t looking good for Denice Harvey – literally! “I’m blind, I can barely see,” the Manteca residen... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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