California lottery winner Justin L. Riggs is not surprised to see himself among the lottery winners who’ve won more.
Riggles, 24, was among three lottery winners at a news conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, along with Michael O. Pizzuti and Matthew J. Zampino, who were both awarded $1.9 million at the 2014 lottery.
The two winners are among the first to win more than the $1,000 prize.
“We’re thrilled to be here, and we’re thankful for this opportunity,” Riggs said at the news conference.
“I know how hard we’ve worked.
I know how good we are.
I feel like we deserve this.”
Lotto officials have been reluctant to talk about the state lottery’s decision-making process, but the state is the largest lottery company in the country.
The California Lottery Commission said the lottery has never taken a vote to approve the state’s lottery-contingent winner, and said that’s why it didn’t take any action against Pizzuto or Zampinos.
But lottery officials say they did consider whether to ban certain winners who earned lottery prize money, such as Pizzutos family, because of the large amounts of lottery money spent on marketing and other expenses.
The commission’s executive director, Michael F. Johnson, said at a briefing with reporters in March that the commission was not in a position to do that because it wasn’t considering a ban, but he also said that the lottery would consider such a ban in the future.
“There’s always going to be people who earn more than what they’re earning on their own,” Johnson said.
“So that is a possibility.”
The state lottery is also one of the largest in the nation, with more than a billion dollars in prize money.
In addition to winning the lottery, the state has also won more state lottery jackpots than any other state.
It has won more prize money than any state since at least 2010.
The state lottery had about $3 billion in prize dollars at the end of March, according to data compiled by the state Lottery Association.
The California Lotteries Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
The state’s largest lottery, California Lotters Club, said it plans to launch an independent audit of its process.
“The California lottery is a business and we operate as one,” the group said in a statement.
“We will take all necessary actions to ensure that the integrity of the lottery is maintained, and the trust in the lottery process is maintained.”
California lottery officials said they are not aware of any other lottery winners with more prize cash than Riggs and Pizzuttos.
But a California Lotting Council spokesperson said it was possible.
“I’m not aware, at this time, of anyone else who has won a larger sum of money than he or she has,” spokesman Dave Rizzo said.
“The winner, Justin L., has earned more than any of the other lottery owners,” Rizza said.