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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!

May, 2016

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May 27, 2016

Sonoma County is the Next Ultimate Destination Experience!

Lucky Winners to Enjoy a Relais & Chateaux Weekend to Remember SACRAMENTO – Who doesn’t love California’s beautiful Wine Country? As part of our Ultimate Destination Experience, our players can now compete for a re... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

May 26, 2016

Simple Question Changes Everything!

Man wins $600,000 in Corona SACRAMENTO – Alejandro Lopez was enjoying his wife’s company at a restaurant when he asked her a simple question that changed everything. “I asked her if she wanted to play mus... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 25, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting

WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento. Members of the public are invited to attend. Persons needing reasonable accommodations... Read more »

Northern California | Media Advisories and Events

May 23, 2016

Business Owner Wins $555,555 in Pomona!

SACRAMENTO – Esther Choe was fast asleep one night when her husband woke her up after remembering he’d purchased her a Power 5’s Scratchers® ticket the day before. Imagine her surprise (and inability to go back to sleep) when she discover... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 22, 2016

$439K Powerball® Ticket Sold in San Diego!

SACRAMENTO – Someone’s Sunday is about to get a whole lot better. That’s because a Powerball ticket sold in San Diego matched five of six numbers last night to win $439,691! The winning ticket was sold at the Vons Grocery store locat... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 21, 2016

Mega Millions® Ticket Worth $750K Sold in Cupertino!

SACRAMENTO – Did you buy a Mega Millions ticket in Cupertino? If so, you might want to check it because someone in that city matched five of six numbers in last night’s draw to win $750,207! The ticket was sold at Coach House Wine &a... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 20, 2016

$750,000 Scratchers® Winning Ticket Sold in Irvine!

SACRAMENTO – Kiran Khanna likes to make sure of things and doesn’t overreact. This explains why when she recently purchased a Mystery Crossword Scratchers ticket and scratched off what she thought was a $750,000 win, she stayed calm and d... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 19, 2016

Man wins $555,555 in Newhall!

SACRAMENTO – A lucky California Lottery player is more than a half million dollars richer after playing Power 5’s Scratchers®! Miguel Nazario won the top prize of $555,555 on a ticket he purchased at SV Petro, which is located at 235... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

May 19, 2016

Big Lottery Win on Ticket Sold in San Jose

SACRAMENTO – Here’s proof that you really can win anytime and anywhere. A woman won $750,000 on a California Lottery Scratchers® ticket she purchased at a water store. That’s right, Uyen Do didn’t get her $10 Mystery Crossword ticket at a... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

May 19, 2016

Fantasy 5 Ticket Worth $543,579 Sold in Encinitas Claimed!

This is the Largest Fantasy 5 Prize Won So Far This Year in California SACRAMENTO – Sean Zanderson kicked off his birthday, as well as the month of May, with a little more money in... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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