LOS ANGELES -- This was perhaps the luckiest year ever for the California Lottery and its players.
The Lottery made 125 new millionaires through its scratchers and draw games this year.
And of course, it made its first-ever billionaire through the record-setting $2 billion Powerball ticket that was sold in Altadena in November. The winner has still not come forward publicly.
The owner of the Altadena gas station that sold that ticket became a millionaire himself, taking a $1 million prize for selling the winner. And the run of sales for that particular jackpot - 41 drawings before the winner was hit - raised $156 million for California schools.
The lottery estimates it sold some $8.8 billion in tickets in fiscal year 2021-22, which could translate to nearly $2 billion provided to schools.
Here are a few of the notable stories behind the jackpots this year: