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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!

January, 2018

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January 30, 2018

Winner Claims Fantastic Prize on San Francisco Ticket

SACRAMENTO – One California Lottery player is starting the year off right. Meiying Wang is coming into 2018 nearly a half-million dollars richer after claiming a Fantasy 5 ticket that hit the jackpot in the drawing on December 14, 2017. T... Read more »

Northern California

January 29, 2018

Hasty Break Leads to $1 Million in San Jose!

SACRAMENTO – The saying, “When you gotta go, you gotta go,” means a lot more to a lucky California Lottery player. You see, when nature called, Vincent Anchondo wound up making a stop that led to a life-changing win. Here’s what happ... Read more »

Northern California

January 23, 2018

Second Big Win for Long-Time Lottery Player in South Bay!

SACRAMENTO – Lino Fabela knew he had won something big on a Crossword Deluxe Scratchers® (example below), but he didn’t know just how much. “I thought I won $200,000, but I handed my ticket to the clerk and he told me it was $2 million –... Read more »

Northern California

January 23, 2018

Man Fills Up More Than Just Gas Tank in Roseville

SACRAMENTO – A quick stop for gas turned into much more for a California Lottery player in Roseville. He not only drove away with a full tank of gas, but $5 million winning ticket too!  Charles Leath was heading on his way to an appo... Read more »

Northern California

January 22, 2018

$442,000 Mega Millions® Win in Greenfield!

SACRAMENTO – It’s likely been the talk of the town all weekend in the small city of Greenfield. A Mega Millions ticket for Friday’s draw matched five of six numbers to win $442,232! The winning ticket was sold at Mendoza Market, whic... Read more »

Central California

January 17, 2018

The Wins Keep Coming for Los Angeles County

SACRAMENTO – Rosa Vargas and her husband just hit it big on the $10 MILLION DAZZLER Scratchers®. Although they didn’t win the game’s top prize, they’ll still walk away with a cool $750,000! The lucky couple is no stranger to winning big,... Read more »

Southern California

January 16, 2018

Inland Empire Man Takes Dog for Walk – High Tails it Home as California’s Latest Instant Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO – Armando Perez says he mind is usually “going 100 miles per hour” when he gets home from work. So, to help him relax, he likes taking his dog for a walk to the nearby market to get something to drink and sometimes buy a Califo... Read more »

Southern California

January 11, 2018

New California Lottery Player Wins $1 Million at Sacramento Café After Only Four Months of Trying!

SACRAMENTO – Thanh Cong Dang loves his coffee, but has never been much of a California Lottery player. Then he remembered his brother won $1,000 investing only $10 on a California Black Premium Scratchers® ticket. He decided to try his lu... Read more »

Northern California

January 10, 2018

Pair of Lucky California Lottery Scratchers® Winners Basking in Glow of Newfound Wealth!

SACRAMENTO – Baixin Zhang works at a Southern California restaurant and can’t help but notice quite a few of his customers enjoy playing California Lottery Scratchers while they sit and enjoy their meals. Zhang, who does not speak E... Read more »

Southern California

January 8, 2018

$1.8 Million Mega Millions® Win in Daly City!

SACRAMENTO – A California Lottery player was just one number away from splitting Friday’s $450 million Mega Millions jackpot with a winner in Florida. But, the California player is still walking away a winner – a big $1,860,934 winner!... Read more »

Northern California

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