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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!

June, 2016

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June 29, 2016

L.A. County Woman Receives Surprise Scratchers® Ticket as Thank You from Realtor – Wins $600,000!

SACRAMENTO – Most people buy their own winning Scratchers® tickets. So imagine the surprise when Ana Avelar received a gift of a Set for Life Scratchers ticket tucked inside a thank you card from a lo... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

June 28, 2016

Mega Millions® Jackpot Soars to Fourth-Largest Amount in History of Game: An Estimated $390 Million!

A Combined $624 Million in Jackpot Money Up for Grabs Over Next Two Days SACRAMENTO – You say you need some spending money for summer vacation? Boy have you come to the right place! Not only is the Mega Millions jackpot... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

June 27, 2016

Man Celebrates Win on Ticket Sold in Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO – Finding out that you hit it big on a California Lottery Scratchers® ticket is reason to celebrate. And that’s just what Noi Ha did when he discovered his good fortune. According to his son, who was translating for his father... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

June 24, 2016

$750,000 Scratchers® Winning Ticket Sold in Bakersfield

SACRAMENTO – Jose Ramirez Leon is the latest player to win $750,000 on a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers ticket. Ramirez Leon bought his lucky ticket at Edison Market & Deli, which is located at 12301 Edison Highway in Bakersfie... Read more »

Winners Stories

June 24, 2016

Group of 18 Claims Mega Millions® Ticket Worth $900K!

SACRAMENTO – Willie Ramos and Hernando Manalo were all smiles as they walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office. That’s because these two young gentlemen were proudly repre... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

June 24, 2016

Lucky Lottery Winner Living the Dream in Bay Area

SACRAMENTO – Many people dream of the moment they can stop working and do fun things like travel the country. Patricia Duke of Fremont is closer to living out that fantasy after winning $555,555 on a $5 Power 5’s Scratchers® ticket she pu... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

June 23, 2016

Last Chance to Enter the Next Ultimate Destination Experience!

You only have DAYS LEFT to try and win a two-day mini-vacation in Sonoma County! SACRAMENTO – If you’ve ever dreamed of spoiling that special someone with an unforgettable weekend getaway, well now is your chance. The C... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

June 22, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable acco... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

June 21, 2016

San Jose Powerball® Ticket Worth Nearly $1.3 Million Claimed!

SACRAMENTO – Lujan Do is California’s newest millionaire. That’s because Do had a ticket for the May 8 Powerball drawing that matched the following numbers: 25-66-44-5-26, missing only the Powerball number 9. That winning ticketed netted... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

June 20, 2016

The Thought Behind Multi-Million Dollar Lottery Win in Vacaville

SACRAMENTO – Some people are very specific when it comes to playing the lottery. They personally select each number or even pay with a certain dollar bill based on the serial number. That didn’t happen with Candice Barbour of Vacaville. “... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

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