California Lottery Winners
Here are the latest stories on big CA Lottery prizes won in the Golden State. Check back regularly for updated news and information on the lucky winners who have become instant millionaires recently in your area and statewide - could you be next?
Mega Millions Ticket Worth $2.3 Million Sold in Brentwood
January 6, 2021 - If you bought a Mega Millions ticket in Brentwood recently, check your numbers right away! One lucky ticket matched the five winning white ball numbers - 20, 43, 51, 55 and 57 - in the Tuesday, January 5 draw and is valued at a cool $2,390,663. The ticket only missed the Mega number, 4.
The ticket was purchased at the Chevron station at 5591 Lone Tree Way in Brentwood. Currently, we don't know who bought the ticket.
Tuesday's draw also saw a player in New York score the Match 5 plus Megaplier prize, meaning that ticket is worth $2 million. Additionally, two winners in Minnesota and New Jersey matched all five main numbers, hitting $1 million each.
Lottery officials say ticket purchases have been up recently after taking a hit last year. "During the first months of the pandemic, lottery sales were down and fewer Californians were buying tickets. But over the past several months we are returning to pre-pandemic sales, we are returning to normal," said Jorge DeLaCruz, a CA Lottery spokesperson.
Since no one hit the Mega Millions jackpot, it's rolled to almost half a billion dollars for the Friday, January 8 draw, with an estimated value of $490 million and a cash option of $372.3 million.
How about some fresh ideas for your picks? Check out the Mega Millions Smartpicks page for the latest hot and cold numbers.
This is only the third time in the history of Mega Millions and Powerball that both games have had jackpots over $400 million at the same time. Powerball's top prize stands at $470 million for the next draw on Saturday, January 9.
$1.9 Million Mega Millions Prize Won in Town of 31
December 30, 2020 - Heather Zal lives in the town of Shoshone, population just 31, in Inyo County. But the town's small size doesn't stop residents from dreaming big, as Zal demonstrated with a $1.9 million Mega Millions win for matching five out of six numbers drawn.
Zal's father, who purchased the ticket for her (thanks Dad!), says the lucky winner will use her windfall to pay off debt and assist her family. The retailer who sold the ticket, The Charles Brown Company at 712 CA-127, benefits too, with a $9,500 bonus.
Ventura County Player Wins After Gifting Tickets
December 30, 2020 - Janette Lujan's enthusiasm for Scratchers is well-known - and she recently shared the love by giving out tickets at a family dinner. However, there was an unexpected twist in store when Lujan's own ticket turned out to be worth $1 million. "You can imagine how that went!" she joked. Lujan picked up the tickets from Circle K at 2323 North Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard, Ventura County. The store will be paid a $5,000 extra commission selling the lucky ticket.
Players Solve $2 Million Crossword Puzzle
December 30, 2020 - Darlene Pang and Bernard Schmall III are each $2 million better off after scratching their way to seven-figure wins on the Instant Prize Crossword game. Pang purchased her lucky Scratchers ticket at 5 Star Liquor, 9461 Edinger Avenue in Westminster, Orange County. Schmall picked up his ticket at J Food & Liquor at 10401 Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County. The CA Lottery will pay each store an extra $10,000.
Million Dollar Multiplier Scratcher Delivers on its Name
December 30, 2020 - Just in time for New Year's celebrations, two players scored $1 million each on the aptly-named Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers game. Juan Camarena bought his lucky ticket from The Corner Store, located at 220 Alta Street in Gonzales, Monterey County, and Alfonso Sanabria purchased his ticket from Frank’s Liquor at 4023 West 3rd Street in LA. Each store will receive a $5,000 bonus.
SuperLotto Plus Jackpot Won in San Jose
December 27, 2020 - A lucky SuperLotto player has 18 million reasons to celebrate after winning the jackpot on Saturday! The ticket for the December 27 drawing matched all six winning numbers: 6, 32, 19, 4, and 16 plus Mega Ball 2. The ticket was sold by Cafe Paradise, at 2400 Monterey Highway in San Jose, and the retailer will receive a $90,000 bonus from the CA Lottery.
Four tickets also hit SuperLotto's second prize on Saturday, winning $8,699 each by matching the five main numbers. In an unusual twist, two of the lucky tickets were purchased at the same 7-Eleven store in Vallejo, Solano County, although it's not known whether they were bought by the same player.
Five New Holiday Millionaires Made Across CA
December 21, 2020 - Five lucky Californians have won seven-figure Scratchers prizes just in time for the holidays.
- Katherine Webb has one million reasons to celebrate with a win on a PAC-MAN Scratchers ticket she bought at Robbins Mercantile at 4895 Del Monte Avenue, Robbins, Sutter County. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the lucky ticket.
- Arminda Villafuerte hit a life-changing $10 million Ultimate Millions Scratchers prize with a ticket she purchased at the Quality Gas for Your Cash Arco station at 5898 Mission Street, San Francisco. The retailer will enjoy a bonus of $50,000.
- The Set For Life Scratchers game lived up to its name for Natale Mercuri, who enjoyed an incredible $6 million win on a ticket from Ralphs, located at 670 South Western Avenue in LA. The store will be paid a $30,000 bonus.
- Juan Lopez is $2 million better off after playing the Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers game. He bought the lucky ticket at Vincent Chevron, at 206 North Vincent Avenue in West Covina. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus.
- Gustavo Vasquez became an instant millionaire when he played the Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers game. He picked up the ticket worth $1 million from Pioneer Market at 465 South Brand Boulevard in San Fernando. The store will be paid $5,000 for selling the lucky ticket.
$1.9 Million Porterville Powerball Ticket Still Unclaimed
December 3, 2020 - If you bought a Powerball ticket in Porterville back in October, it's time to clean out the car and look behind the couch cushions, because you could be sitting on $1.9 million right now (maybe literally)!
The lucky ticket was purchased from Express Mart & Gas in Porterville, Tulare County. It matched the five white ball numbers in the Saturday, October 24 drawing to hit the game's Match 5 second prize. The winning numbers were 18, 20, 27, 45 and 65 - the ticket only missed the red Powerball, 6.
The ticket's exact value is $1,904,535 before tax withholdings. "It feels good that someone from Porterville finally won," said the gas station's manager, Adel Joudi, who thinks the winner lives locally. The largest previous prize won on a ticket sold by the station was $5,000, so "a big win is overdue."
Joudi urged the winner not to stop playing. "It's never enough. Keep trying for the jackpot."
The last California resident to take home the Powerball top prize was Bill Lawrence; the Gold Ranch retiree hit it big with a $150 million win on November 2, 2019 and chose to receive the cash option of just over $100 million.
How to Claim a CA Lottery Prize
The Lottery recommends that all players sign their tickets and keep them in a safe place. California Lottery winners must claim their prizes within 180 days from the draw date, with the exception of jackpot winners, who have up to one year to collect their payout.
Prizes of $599 and below may be cashed out at a retailer. To redeem tickets valued at $600 and above, winners need to complete a claim form and submit it along with the signed ticket using the Lottery's mail-in claims process.
The Lottery advises winners to take photos or make copies of the front and back of the ticket and the completed claim form before sending by certified mail or another option that provides tracking.
In-person claims have been suspended due to Gov. Newsom's December 3 Regional Stay at Home Order; all nine CA Lottery district offices closed temporarily on December 7. Claiming via drop box is also currently not available. Lottery Customer Service phone lines are open to answer any questions at 1-800-LOTTERY or 1-800-568-8379.
Public schools in Tulare County received $17,545,787 in Lottery funding in the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2019-20.
Two Central Valley Residents Become Scratchers Millionaires
October 31, 2020 - They live on opposite ends of the Central Valley, but two CA Lottery players now have millions of things in common.
Ramon Gonzalez of the North Valley purchased a winning Golden State Riches Scratchers ticket worth $5 million from Cressey Store in Merced County. Down in the South Valley, Armando Hernandez Robles hit a $2 million prize on the Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket he picked up at Pixley Gas in Tulare County.
Both retailers will be paid a Lottery bonus for their sale of the winning ticket. The Cressey Store will receive $25,000, which it plans to invest in renovations, while Pixley Gas will get an extra $10,000.
The town of Cressey, population about 400, is excited about the big-dollar win. "It puts us on the map," laughed Cressey Store owner Indarpal Mann. "We get something out of it. It definitely helps the business - it definitely helps the lottery sales. A lot of people have been buying the bigger priced tickets ... hopefully we get more winners."
The CA Lottery contributed $17,545,787 to public schools in Tulare County in the first half of fiscal year 2019-20, while Merced County schools received $11,345,754.