There's still a gold rush going on in the Golden State, but now you only need to scratch a ticket to find your fortune. The California State Lottery Commission operates several games of chance offering big prizes while collecting money for the state's education budget. Players can choose from scratch tickets and daily numbers games, as well as the twice-weekly SuperLOTTO jackpot game. In addition, California participates in the multi-state Mega Millions game. Created in 1985, the lottery contributes at least 34% of its proceeds to cover public education costs.
While California's population helps make its state-run lottery one of the largest in the country, California still trails many states in part because it cannot use lucrative video lottery terminals due to casino gaming agreements with native Indian tribes. The state's lottery also has to contend with more competition from casinos and racetracks than those in other states. – less