Mar 15

California Lottery Asks Players to “Believe in Something Bigger”

The California Lottery has launched an ad campaign with a difference, ignoring the usual messages about huge cash wins and lives of luxury and instead concentrating on individuals who have made an impact on communities across the state. The online videos, created by LA agency David and Goliath, take the strapline “believe in something bigger” and focus in on stories of people who make a difference in others’ lives, despite some of the stars having had to battle adversity themselves.

Those featured include Bruno, a restaurateur from Orange County, who grew up in a poor immigrant family and reminisces that, although they had very little, his mother ensured that there was always pasta to eat. Bruno is seen donating Italian food to local disadvantaged children and explains that he distributes 1,000 meals every day.

Susan Cervantes helps organize local people in San Francisco to paint murals, an experience which is enriching for those involved while also brightening up the neighborhoods for the residents. Another film shows Mayisha Akbar, founder of the Equestrian Club for Kids, encouraging inner-city children from Compton to take up horse riding.

David and Goliath chairman, David Angelo said, “It’s hard to believe in winning the lotto. We think we’ve found a very human way to link to the idea that anything is possible.”

California Lottery players are encouraged to utilize the hashtag #CAdream to share the fantasies that they would like to make reality should they win one of the top prizes on Powerball, Mega Millions or SuperLotto Plus.

To find out more about the games available to California Lottery players, in addition to the latest winning numbers, visit the dedicated page on Lottery.net.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 29th, 2016

Oct 14

California Lottery Officials: $13 Million SuperLotto Plus Prize Still Unclaimed

California Lottery officials have confirmed that no one has claimed the $13 million SuperLotto Plus prize won nearly two weeks ago. The winning numbers for the drawing held on the 18th of October were 9, 12, 15, 23 and 40 with Mega Number 16. The winning ticket was purchased for $1 at a Circle K convenience store in Simi Valley, located 30 miles away from downtown Los Angeles.

The lucky ticket holder has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize, which means that they need to get in touch with lottery officials by mid-April 2015. If no one steps forward by that time, then the prize money will be transferred to school districts across California.

California Lottery spokesperson Greg Parashak stated that many big prize winners don’t realize that they’ve won until well after the drawing has taken place, usually because they’ve put the ticket away and don’t remember that they bought it.

If you bought a SuperLotto Plus ticket in the last month in Simi Valley, then now is the time to turn your house, car and work desk upside down, as you could be in possession of the winning ticket! Visit the California Lottery page at Lottery.net to learn more about the great games offered by this state lottery. Saturday’s SuperLotto Plus jackpot will be worth $9 million and tickets are available for purchase from authorized retailers.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 29th, 2016

Oct 14

California Schools Received $1.3 Billion in Lottery Funding for 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

California schools and colleges have been given a $1.3 billion funding boost thanks to the California Lottery. Schools and educational initiatives in Los Angeles County received $332.6 million last year, while another $106.4 million was allocated to Orange County. San Diego County rounded out the top three with an impressive $102.4 million given to education.

Much of the money given back to California schools came from unclaimed prizes, which are always transferred to the Lottery Education Fund if no one comes forward to redeem their winnings within 180 days of the draw date or, for scratchcards, the advertised end of game date.

The funding for elementary and secondary schools as well as community colleges was distributed through the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector while money allocated for the University of California system was directly deposited into their dedicated accounts.

Assembly Bill 142 dictates that 87 percent of sales for the California Lottery have to be returned to the public in the form of prizes and contributions to educational initiatives. Administrative expenses are limited to 13 percent.

Visit the California Lottery website for more information about the great games they offer and the wonderful causes they support.

by Mike Redfern
Updated October 3rd, 2014

Apr 14

$30 Million Mega Millions Ticket Claimed in California

Tuesday 15 April 2014 – Mega Millions’ most recent winner came forward to claim his prize yesterday, just 10 days after the draw took place. Leopoldo Choi of Los Angeles won the $30 million double rollover jackpot on April 4 when he matched all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball.

The winning numbers on the night were 1, 10, 15, 41 and 54 with the Mega Ball of 9 and Choi was the only player in the nation to successfully match all six numbers.

Choi, who arrived at California Lottery’s Van Nuys office yesterday morning, declined to comment on his win but opted for the lump sum cash payment of $16.6 million rather than accepting the 29 annuity payments totalling $30 million.

Choi’s lucky Quick Pick ticket was purchased at the Century City 76 gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles and the store’s owners are set to receive a bonus worth $150,000 – the equivalent to one half of one percent of Chois big win. However, as lottery winners in California are not required to accept their win publicly, no further information is known about the lucky player.

In the same draw, fellow California resident Deogracias Pingul came within just one number of sharing the top prize. Pingul, who described himself as a regular lottery player, was one of two Mega Millions players who won in the Match 5 tier and picked up a prize worth $233,000. Usually the second tier Mega Millions prize is worth $1 million but as Californian prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis, Pingul suffered as a result of low ticket sales. His ticket, also a Quick Pick, was purchased at the Island Pacific Supermarket on Dyer Street in the Union City region of Alameda County.

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 16th, 2014

Apr 14

California Store Receives Retailer Bonus for Selling $30 Million Mega Millions Ticket

Mega Millions NewsWednesday April 9 2014 – The owner of the Los Angeles gas station which sold Friday’s winning $30 million Mega Millions ticket has received their retailer bonus.

Century City 76 gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles sold the winning ticket and earlier this week California lottery officials presented the owner with the $150,000 bonus. Although the owner’s name hasn’t been released, four employees posed for pictures holding a giant poster which read, ‘Millionaire Made Here’.

While the store’s owner will be enjoying their bonus, the same can’t be said for the $30 million jackpot winner as they have yet to come forward and claim their prize. The ticket in question successfully matched all five main numbers (1, 10, 15, 41 and 51) and the Mega Ball (9) from last Friday’s Mega Millions drawing but the holder of the ticket hasn’t yet contacted California lottery officials.

This latest jackpot win comes after a lucky few months for Californian lottery players as last month saw Sacramento resident B. Raymond Buxton claim his massive $425.3 million Powerball jackpot. The win is the largest jackpot won in the Golden State and also the sixth largest won in US lottery history.

The winning streak first started for the state at the beginning of the year when Steve Tran claimed his share of the colossal $648 million Mega Millions jackpot from the drawing on December 17. Shortly after Tran claimed his Mega Millions prize, San Andreas resident Judith Vermanson contacted lottery officials to claim her $8 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot prize.

Since then, a number of other Californian players have struck it lucky and secured wins ranging from $1 million to $5 million from both multi-state lottery games as well as various scratch-offs.

With California averaging more lottery ticket sales per draw than any other state, it’s no wonder that residents are continually striking it lucky and scooping life-changing prizes. However, it’s not just lottery players who are the winners as more than $26.6 billion has been transferred to public education in the state since the California Lottery launched in 1985.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 9th, 2014