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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!

July, 2017

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July 19, 2017

Wait No More! Menifee Powerball® Winner Claims Massive $447.8 Million Jackpot Prize!

SACRAMENTO – The Powerball winner who purchased his lucky ticket in the tiny Riverside County city of Menifee has come forward to claim his $447.8 million prize – the 7th-largest jackpot... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 18, 2017

Bay Area Yogurt Stop Leads to Sweet $1 Million Scratchers® Win!

SACRAMENTO – Moises Alonzo-Reyes was on his way home from work on a hot San Mateo evening back in May. As luck would have it, it was the heat that turned out to be a blessing in disguise! Alonzo-Reyes decided to stop for some cool frozen... Read more »

Northern California | Winners Stories

July 18, 2017

L.A. Woman’s Luck Using California Lottery Vending Machines Continues With $1 Million Win!

SACRAMENTO – “This is why I never buy from behind the doggone counter!” That was Elizabeth Whitaker’s reaction after she walked into a South Los Angeles market, bought some Scratchers® t... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 18, 2017

Lottery Luck Strikes Family Again With $750,000 Scratchers® Win in Inland Empire!

SACRAMENTO – “In shock!” “I cried!” Those were at least two of the immediate reactions Jeffry Calle remembers after successfully uncovering 10 words on his Mystery Crossword Scratchers g... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 17, 2017

$1 Million Scratchers® Win in Garden Grove!

SACRAMENTO – What would you do with $1 million? It’s a question many like to daydream about, but for one lucky California Lottery player, it’s now a reality. Richard Pham recently won $1 million playing our $10 Million Dollar Multiplier S... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 14, 2017

$750,000 Scratchers® Win in La Puente!

SACRAMENTO – A lucky California Lottery player has won $750,000! Heriberto Cabral won the game’s top prize playing our $10 Mystery Crossword Scratchers. And as you can imagine, he was in a bit of shoc... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 13, 2017

Crossword Scratchers® Ticket Spells Out $750,000 Win in Garden Grove

SACRAMENTO – It’s no secret that one of the California Lottery’s most popular games, the Mystery Crossword Scratchers ticket, has been a big hit with players statewide. That’s what led Tram Do to pick one up in early June. Do told the Cal... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 12, 2017

$3.1 Million Mega Millions® Ticket Claimed in San Diego!

SACRAMENTO – Binggang Li is California’s latest multimillionaire after claiming a Mega Millions ticket worth a whopping $3,116,434 (less federal taxes). Li recently walked into our California Lottery San Diego District Office holding her... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 12, 2017

L. A. Gas Station Stop Leads to $1 Million Scratchers® Win!

SACRAMENTO – Nelson Garcia loves playing the California Lottery. But due to his busy work schedule, he doesn’t always have time to stop and buy tickets. So recently,... Read more »

Southern California | Winners Stories

July 7, 2017

Cypress Police Called After $10 million Scratchers® Win at Orange County Cigar Shop!!

SACRAMENTO – Winning $10 million on a California Lottery California Gold Scratchers game would be enough excitement for anyone! But factor in the fact that two police units raced to the winning store location, and you quickly have memorie... Read more »

Winners Stories

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