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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!

July, 2016

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July 19, 2016

Chino Hills Powerball® Jackpot Winners Come Forward to Claim $528 Million Prize

SACRAMENTO – After a wait of a little more than six months, Marvin and Mae Acosta, the winners of the largest lottery prize in California Lottery history, finally came forward to claim their prize. They were one of three big winners of pr... Read more »

Winners Stories

July 18, 2016

Monterey County Man Plays to ‘Relieve Stress’ – Wins $750,000 Scratchers® Prize!

SACRAMENTO – Looking back now, Juan Gopar thinks the fact that he woke up unusually early on June 16 for absolutely no reason may have been a sign that something great was going to happen that day. “I just couldn’t sleep at all – so that... Read more »

Winners Stories

July 11, 2016

Record-Setting Year for the California Lottery

Lottery on Track to Send More Than $1.5 Billion to Schools SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery recently closed the book on Fiscal Year 2015-16 – and what a year it was! While final, audited numbers won’t be available fo... Read more »

Lottery Performance

July 8, 2016

Mega Millions® Jackpot Now Worth More Than Half a Billion Dollars – an Estimated $540 Million Tonight!

A Total of $843 Million in Jackpot Cash up for Grabs This Weekend in California SACRAMENTO – By the time Californians wake up for “Breakfast at Wimbledon” on Sunday morning, we’ll know whether someone here in the Golden... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

July 8, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Preliminary Mega Millions® Draw Results for California

-Still Awaiting Results in Other Lottery Jurisdictions- SACRAMENTO – We have updated information regarding tonight’s Mega Millions drawing. There is widespread interest in this game, so even thou... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

July 7, 2016

Two California Powerball® Tickets Worth More Than $785,000 Sold in Southern California!

SACRAMENTO – No one hit last night’s massive $257 million Powerball jackpot, but two lucky tickets matched five of six numbers to win a nice consolation prize. The two tickets matched the numbers 2-24-31-57-66, missing only the Powerball... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 7, 2016

California Ticket Wins Millions in Mega Millions® Drawing as Jackpot Continues to Climb

Estimated Jackpot Amount for Friday’s Drawing Now $508 Million! SACRAMENTO – Millions of dollars were still won in our state, even though no ticket hit the jackpot in last night’s Mega Millions drawing. That’s because a... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 7, 2016

Bedtime Surprise Leads to Noisy House and $555,555 Scratchers® Win in Los Angeles!

SACRAMENTO – All day long on June 22, Jerran Gonzales remembered what his sister told him. “Yea my sister was telling me like, ‘You’re going to win, you’re going to win [the lottery]!’ That’s all she... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 6, 2016

Daily Derby® Grand Prize Win in Castaic!

SACRAMENTO – Darrell Patterson wasn’t horsing around when he bought himself a Daily Derby ticket for the May 30 drawing. That’s because his horse(s) came in! He won a whopping $524,383 after picking all the right horses and the final race... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 5, 2016

Another Big Week for CA Lottery Jackpots

SACRAMENTO – The Fourth of July may be in our rear view mirror, but there are still plenty of fireworks in store for tonight! That’s because since no one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s Mega Millions draw, the jackpot for tonigh... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

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