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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 3, 2016

Powerball® Jackpot Soars to $348 Million for Tomorrow Night’s Drawing

SACRAMENTO – Don’t look now, but the Powerball jackpot just keeps on climbing! Very quietly, the jackpot for tomorrow night’s draw has blown past $300 million and is now at a whopping $348 million. And imagine how quickly that amount will... Read more »

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May 2, 2016

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

This is the Largest Fantasy 5 Prize Won So Far This Year in California SACRAMENTO – If there’s a better way to start the work week than to drop more than half a million dollars into your bank account – we’d sure like to... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

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