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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!

November, 2017

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November 22, 2017

$783,000 Mega Millions® Win in Torrance!

SACRAMENTO – A Southern California Lottery player has an extra reason to be thankful this week. That player just won $783,546 after matching five of six numbers in last night’s Mega Mill... Read more »

Southern California

November 20, 2017

Delicious Win in Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO – Here’s a story of how one man became a millionaire just by satisfying a food craving. It happened to Kevin Smith. He set out on a hamburger run and ended up also stopping by... Read more »

Southern California

November 17, 2017

Player Who’s Never Won Anything Wins $1.8 Million Mega Millions® Prize in Costa Mesa!

SACRAMENTO – Billy Spurlock is one lucky guy. That’s because he recently won $1,812,236 playing Mega Millions in Costa Mesa and he just can’t believe his luck. “... Read more »

Southern California

November 16, 2017

Big Powerball® Win in Orange County!

SACRAMENTO –Pay close attention if you happened to have purchased a Powerball ticket recently in Orange County. We have word this morning of a huge win overnight and whoever has that win... Read more »

Southern California

November 15, 2017

$1 Million-Winning Scratchers® Ticket Sold at Lucky San Jose Lottery Retailer!

SACRAMENTO – There’s a new millionaire in California, and this lucky winner made all seven figures of it at a San Jose wine shop. Vernon Hall won $1 million playing Winning Millions... Read more »

Southern California

November 15, 2017

Two Separate $750,000 Top Prize Scratchers® Winners in Los Angeles County!

SACRAMENTO – Oscar Sanchez has been playing the California Lottery for years now. But if you ask Sanchez, he confesses he plays purely for the fun of it, because as he puts it, “I never thought I would win.” Boy did he turn out to be wron... Read more »

Southern California

November 8, 2017

Notice of Public Meeting

Notice of Public Meeting     WHAT: The California State Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento.Members of the public... Read more »

November 8, 2017

A Birthday to Remember for SoCal Lottery Player

SACRAMENTO – Heston Hughes will undoubtedly never forget his 35th birthday. Hughes purchased a $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers the day after his birthday and won the top prize of $750,000! While claiming hi... Read more »

Southern California

November 7, 2017

Bay Area Scratchers® Players Take Home $500,000 & $600,000 Prizes!

SACRAMENTO – Camara Granados had a fantastic trip to the Bay Area recently. That’s because Granados, who goes by the nickname of “Yeimy,” won the top prize of $500,000 on a $5 California Lottery Money... Read more »

Southern California

November 7, 2017

$64 Million SuperLotto Plus®Ticket Sold in Orange County Finally Claimed More Than Two Months Later!

SACRAMENTO – While all eyes were on the HUGE $430 million Powerball jackpot during the August 16 draw, one lucky California Lottery player flew under the radar and hit the amazing $64 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot! Lisa Hoang recen... Read more »

Southern California

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