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California Lottery celebrates National Lottery Week, highlighting its mission to raise money for schools

The California Lottery joins lotteries across the U.S. and Canada to promote and celebrate National Lottery Week, a week-long celebration designed to help people better understand the Lottery, how it works, and its mission to raise additional funds for public education in California.

“Lottery Week is a great opportunity for us to continue sharing the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ when it comes to the California Lottery,” said Alva V. Johnson, California Lottery Director. “Our mission is our purpose; we exist solely to raise extra money for public education, and we are proud to join other lotteries in showcasing the work we do on a daily basis.”

Throughout Lottery Week, the California Lottery will be sharing fun facts, winner awareness, mission updates, product spotlights, and more on social media, in e-mail communications, and through a new landing page online at www.calottery.com/lottery-week.

Since 1985, the California Lottery has given schools more than $39 billion. In fact, 2021 was a record-breaking year with over $8 billion in sales, which gave $1.87 billion back to California public education.

Further, the California Lottery prides itself on the security and integrity of its games. All draw games happen under tight security, with an independent auditor and security staff present for each drawing. The California Lottery also has a dedicated Security and Law Enforcement Division responsible for vetting claims before winners are officially declared.

When a player believes they have a winning ticket, they should fill out a winner claim form and follow all of the instructions found on the Lottery’s website. Some claims may take weeks to be verified.

When there is a winning ticket, the California Lottery will not know who the winner is until the claim and verification process is completed. In California, information about how much a prize is worth, the location where the ticket was sold, and the name of the winner are all public record.

One California Lottery player could win big during Lottery Week! The Mega Millions® jackpot has climbed to an estimated $530 million for tonight’s drawing. For more information about Mega Millions, click here.

This article was released by the California Lottery.

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  1. I would like to see a better accounting. What has the schools done with the money?? We all know California schools are not good. We are not getting our money’s worth.

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