California State Lottery Headquarters

Sacramento, CA

Do you want to know what it’s like to win the lottery? Find out at the California State Lottery Headquarters and museum which showcases stories on past jackpot winners and includes the original “Big Spin” wheel from the weekly televised lottery draws from 1985-2009. Designed to promote wellness of the staff while also being welcoming to the public, the 6-story main tower has a buckling restrained braced frame core, thus maximizing daylighting and views at the building perimeter. Adjacent to the dramatic 2-story, point-supported tower entry vestibule is a single-story Pavilion clad in metal panels which functions as an assembly space for both the Lottery and the public, and provides a dynamic and modern contrast to the curtain wall tower. At the interface between the two structures, a “crumple zone” was designed in the tower cladding to allow the Pavilion entry “halo” structure to pass through the tower wall while still preserving a seismic separation between the structures. 

Quick Facts

  • Size: 148,000 SF
  • Architect: LPAS
  • Certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Metal panel at the interface between the Pavilion entrance "halo" and the main tower was designed as a crumple zone to preserve a seismic separation between the buildings
  • Construction Cost: $52,000,000
  • Contractor: Otto Construction
  • Structure was exposed in interior open office spaces requiring "architectural" routing of suspended utilities
  • The team used an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process with weekly "Big Room" meetings


  • 2012 Sacramento Business Journal - Best Office Project
  • 2011 AIA Central Valley - Divine Detail Award 

Photo credit: Bruce Damonte Photography and Digital Sky Aerial Imaging