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Lottery numbers for California

The history of the California Lottery is a relatively short one. On November 6, 1984, 58% of state voters approved the California State Lottery Act and the California Lottery was born, with the first tickets going on sale on Thursday October 3, 1985. Since then, the California lottery has paid out more than $27 billion in prize money to winning lotto players. Approximately 87% of all revenue from lottery ticket sales makes its way back to the California public, with at least 34 cents in every dollar spent on the lottery being put into the state's classrooms.

In 2005, thanks to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California became the 12th US state to join the massive Mega Millions lottery. And in true California style, the first draw was held in Hollywood. When the Mega Millions lottery first launched in California, some state residents queued up a day in advance to purchase their lucky tickets. With a minimum jackpot of $15 million, Mega Millions is one of the largest lotteries available in California.

California also runs five other state-only lotto games including the horseracing themed Daily Derby, the Daily 3 and Daily 4. The ever popular Fantasy 5 requires players to pick five numbers from a field of 39 and offers a starting jackpot of $50, 000, which can go as high as $500, 000. However, the biggest of the California-only lotteries is the Super Lotto Plus, which has a jackpot of at least $7 million and has been known to go as high as nearly $200 million. Super Lotto PLUS draws are made on Wednesday and Saturday just before 8:00 p.m.

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