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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!

November, 2016

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November 23, 2016

The California Lottery Urges Players to Gift Responsibly this Holiday Season

SACRAMENTO – With the holiday season upon us, the California Lottery reminds its loyal players and retail partners to gift responsibly. This means NOT selling or gifting lottery products to minors! The California Lottery is once agai... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

November 23, 2016

Largest Fantasy 5 Prize Ever Claimed in Fresno County!

SACRAMENTO – Not only did Thomas Hanna and his wife win a Fantasy 5 top prize – they won the largest Fantasy 5 prize ever! It took more than 24 years, but the record top-prize amount of $729,505 set way back on January 3, 1992 was finally... Read more »

Winners Stories

November 23, 2016

San Diego Powerball® Ticket Wins $1.5 Million!

SACRAMENTO – One lucky California Lottery player is going to have an extremely happy Thanksgiving. That’s because someone in sunny San Diego matched five of the six winning Powerball numbers from last night’s draw to win a whopping $1,512... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 16, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

November 7, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accommodat... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

November 7, 2016

Server Wins $1 Million at Small San Francisco Market!

SACRAMENTO – Ruben Cendejas was pretty close to speechless at the end of October when he came into the California Lottery’s East Bay District office to claim his $1 million prize. That’s because Cendejas had scratched off his top prize-wi... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

November 3, 2016

Fortune Won on Lottery Ticket Sold in Covina!

SACRAMENTO – This goes to show that you just never know when or where someone is going to hit it big playing a California Lottery Scratchers® game. This time the city making news is Covina! That’s right. Someone bought a ticket from a sto... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

November 3, 2016

Fresno County Powerball® Ticket Wins $1.3 Million!

SACRAMENTO – The Chicago Cubs and their fans weren’t the only ones celebrating a big win last night. That’s because one lucky winner in the town of Mendota matched five of the six winning Powerball numbers to win a whopping $1,385,763 (be... Read more »

Winners Stories

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