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Lottery At A Glance

CA LOTTERY at a Glance

"Just the facts, ma’am," was Sgt. Joe Friday’s famous line in the 1950s television show, Dragnet. Well, that’s exactly what we’re gonna give ya here, too!

Wondering who we are, what we do, who it does, how, and why? We sold our first ticket in October 1985 and we haven’t stopped since. Our main mission is simple: provide supplemental dollars to public schools, and we’ve done it every year! After those hefty contributions are distributed to every public school, college and university, it becomes a more modest sum per school; but the beauty of it is that Lottery school money is largely unrestricted. That means this money isn’t tied to mandated programs, like specific courses or books. Teachers can be creative on how to use the money for programs they usually can’t afford, like Accelerated Reading Programs or consumable books. It’s working! Browse through the modules below to read up on what makes us tick.

Below you’ll find more about the Lottery, down to who manages it, how our many games are played and what to do if you win BIG! Plus, there’s the always interesting, gripping and mind-riveting Lottery Regulations!