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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!

December, 2017

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December 29, 2017

$700 Million in Jackpots Up For Grabs This Weekend!

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery is closing out 2017 with a bang! That’s because both the Mega Millions® and Powerball® jackpots continue to roll and have now each soared over the $300 million mark. This is only the second time in lott... Read more »

December 26, 2017

San Diego County Player Scores Million Dollar Win!

SACRAMENTO – Someone is going to look back on 2017 as quite possibly their best year ever! That’s because they hold a Mega Millions® ticket that scored big over the weekend, turning this... Read more »

Southern California

December 22, 2017

Powerball® and Mega Millions® Jackpots Total More Than a Half Billion for this Holiday Weekend!

SACRAMENTO – Stronger than predicted Mega Millions sales has caused an earlier than expected jump in the jackpot to an estimated $253 million. The lump-sum cash amount is also jumping to... Read more »

December 18, 2017

$40 Million SuperLotto Plus® Jackpot Won in Albany!

SACRAMENTO – A massive win for a Bay Area California Lottery player. That’s because one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday’s SuperLotto Plus draw to win the $40 million jackpot! Here’s what we know right now – the lucky ticke... Read more »

Northern California

December 15, 2017

Big Fantasy 5 Win in San Francisco!

SACRAMENTO – There’s some big news out of San Francisco today. Someone bought a California Lottery ticket there that is now worth nearly a half-million dollars to whomever bought it. It was a Fantasy 5 ticket and it matched all five numbe... Read more »

Northern California

December 15, 2017

Winner Wakes Up to Big Powerball® Win in Oakland

SACRAMENTO –What a way to start your day. Thuan Nguyen went to a coffee shop, but the 42-year-old Bay Area truck driver didn’t just go there for a morning jolt of caffeine. He also went to check his Powerball tickets. Then this happened:... Read more »

Northern California

December 12, 2017

English Language Barrier Doesn’t Stop L.A. Player From Acing $750,000 Mystery Crossword® Game!

SACRAMENTO – Bao Dinh Lam admits his English skills are a work in progress, but that’s what makes his story great! Lam just won the $750,000 top prize on one of the California Lottery’s portfolio of Scratchers games where some command of... Read more »

Southern California

December 11, 2017

Urgent Candy Bar Necessity Leads to Amazingly Sweet Scratchers® Win for L.A.’s Newest Millionaire!

SACRAMENTO –  What a day Jose Rodriguez had during his first nerve-racking diabetic blood sugar episode! The 45-year-old La Puente resident and his girlfriend were headed to his aunt’s 80th birthday party in Indio. While the couple got a... Read more »

Southern California

December 8, 2017

Stop Light on Way to LAX Leads to $3 Million Set for Life Scratchers® Win for L.A. Player!

SACRAMENTO – On his way to pick up his daughter at LAX, Gilbert Sandoval stopped to buy $20 worth of gas at a Whittier am/pm. While he was buying the gas, Sandoval decided to also grab a $5 Set for Life Scratchers ticket. Off to the... Read more »

Southern California

December 7, 2017

Not one, but TWO Scratchers® Win $750,000 Each in Santa Clara County!

SACRAMENTO – Look at that headline. Two different California Lottery players are celebrating huge wins on Scratchers purchased at different locations in Santa Clara County. If that’s not... Read more »

Northern California

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