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California Lottery
Address: 600 North.10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (800) 568-8379
Fax: (916) 737-5985
Population: 36.46 million
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Director / CEO Hugo Lopez
Start - up: October 1985
FY Sales 2014 $5.034 billion
FY Sales 2015 $5.524 billion
Per Capita Sales: $116
Number of Employees: 644
Number of Retailers: 21, 242
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Games Offered: Mega Millions, Super Lotto plus, Fantasy 5, Daily 4, Daily 3, Daily derby, Scratch Tickets, Hot Spot, Raffle.“Make Me a Millionaire.” Game Show.
Advertsing: David & Goliath
Proceeds: All Lottery proceeds go to education.

Background Information


The California Lottery was created with a ballot measure in 1984, approved by 58 percent of voters. Ticket sales began on October 3, 1985, with an instant game called California Jackpot. In the first 24 hours, 21.4 million tickets were sold, and sales reached $1 billion after only four months.
The Lottery’s first draw game was Lotto 6/49, launched October 14, 1986. Today, draw game offerings include SuperLotto Plus, Mega Millions, Fantasy 5, Daily 4, Daily 3, Daily Derby and Hot Spot, a pari-mutuel version of fast-draw keno. By law, every lottery game in California must have a pari-mutuel prize structure.
A significant step forward was taken in April 2010, when the state Legislature approved a change in the Lottery Act that allowed the Lottery to use its discretion in setting prize payouts. Assembly Bill 142 allowed the Lottery to follow best practices around the industry to increase sales and therefore increase revenues to beneficiaries.
Under the original Lottery Act, education was mandated to receive 34 percent of sales, with administrative expenses capped at 16 percent of sales. AB 142 changed those requirements and set an expense cap of 13 percent, with prizes and education contributions making up the remaining 87 percent. The Lottery now has the flexibility to pay out a higher percentage of its revenues in prizes than it has in the past, but only if it does so in a way that increases the total amount of money that goes to public schools and colleges. These changes paved the way for a significant increase in sales.
The Lottery’s primary mission is to provide supplemental funding for public schools and colleges. It generates more than $1 billion annually in revenue for education, distributed as follows:

  • 63 percent goes to salaries and benefits for educators, helping school districts fund class-size reduction programs and hire classroom aids, nurses, school psychologists and specialists.
  • 20 percent is used to purchase instructional materials for the classroom, including textbooks, classroom supplies, computers and software, library books and laboratory equipment.
  • 17 percent supports other educational programs and services.


News Archive for CY2017
April 3, 2017 California Lottery Goes Large with Super Scratcher Campaign from David&Goliath
March 9, 2017 More Winners Prompts Delays in Lottery Payouts
February 10, 2017 Survey Reveals Fewer Millennials Line Up to Play the Lottery

News Archive for CY2016
July 11, 2016 Record-Setting Year for the California Lottery
February 3, 2016 Player Files Lawsuit to Claim $63 Million Lotto Jackpot

News Archive for CY2015
December 7, 2015) State Lottery Payments Total $1.39 Billion for 2014-15 Fiscal Year
September 25, 2015 California Lottery Names Olson Digital Agency of Record
September 24, 2015 California Lottery Demonstrates its Contribution to Education with Indirect Campaign
August 28, 2015 Retiree Wins $3.25 Million on a Non-Winning Scratchers® Ticket!
August 27, 2015 California Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary With $30 Scratcher
August 24, 2015 California Lottery Introduces Its First $30 Scratcher On Hazen Holographic Board
July 25, 2015 California Lottery Sees Record With $5.5B Sold In Tickets
July 22, 2015 California Lottery's Playbook® Featuring an Interactive Game Reaches Record-Breaking Sales
July 16, 2015 Record Sales Once Again for the California Lottery
July 8, 2015 Record Sales Once Again for the California Lottery
May 8, 2015 California Lottery Statement on Palmdale Ticket Incident
May 8, 2015 Lottery Concludes Investigation
May 4, 2015 California Lottery Conducts Investigation into Questionable Prize Payment
March 18, 2015 California Lottery Wins Financial Reporting Award
January 2, 2015 Appointments to the California Lottery Commission

News Archive for CY2014
December 15, 2014 California Lottery Starts a Foodie Revolution
October 31, 2014 Media putting California Lottery in the Spotlight
October 18, 2014 California Lottery Sales Surpass $5 Billion
October 1, 2014 MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ Lottery Game Goes on Sale October 19 in 23 States
September 26, 2014 California Horse Racing Board Offers Support for EquiLottery Moving Forward
August 21, 2014 'Pump and Play': Lottery Tickets Will Soon Go on Sale at Gas Pumps
August 8, 2014 California Lottery Website Lists ‘Lucky’ Retailers
July 24, 2014 California Lottery Earns Global Recognition Certified for Security Standards, Gaming Integrity
July 7, 2014 Lottery Unveils Wheel of Fortune® Scratchers® Series
June 27, 2014 California Lottery Sales Set New Record; Sends More Money to Schools
March 27, 2014 Pilot Program to Let Customers Buy Lottery Tickets at Gas Station Pumps
March 4, 2014 California Lottery Seeks Scratchers® Vending Machine Theft Suspects
March 1, 2014 Governor Brown Appointments to Gambling Commission
February 21, 2014 California Launches First U.S. Lottery Industry Corporate Social Responsibility Website
February 14, 2014 Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Game
February 4, 2014 Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Game
January 6, 2014 California Lottery is Leaping into the New Year


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