In 1984, Californians voted in favor of establishing the California Lottery. By October of the next year, Scratchers were available for purchase, and the inaugural draw for the Lotto game took place in 1986.
By California legislation, 87% of the lottery revenues are designated for prizes and funding state education.
In 2005, the California Lottery expanded to include Mega Millions. Its debut draw was hosted in Hollywood with a starting jackpot of $15 million. The anticipation was palpable as Californians lined up early to buy tickets. Today, Mega Millions remains a fan favorite among the state's lottery offerings.
Come 2013, Powerball was introduced to Californians with its first draw on April 10. Beyond these, California boasts five exclusive state lottery games, one of which is the horse racing-inspired Daily Derby.
Are winnings from the California Lottery subjected to taxes?
How much time is given to claim my lottery winnings?
Where are California Lottery proceeds allocated?
What should I do if my ticket goes missing or gets stolen?
Which lottery games are available in California?
What's the minimum age requirement to participate in the California Lottery?
Is it possible to keep my identity hidden if I win a lottery reward?
Is it possible to purchase lottery tickets ahead of time?
Is it possible to buy tickets online or over the phone?