CA Lottery’s SuperLotto Plus campaign breathes new life into the ‘California Dream’

Created by David&Goliath, “May the Best Dream Win” inspires Californians to believe that no dream is too big, too small or too out there.

I’m a dreamer, that’s why I never felt completely at home in Philly, New York or Chicago. With no disrespect to my former homes, I always felt the west was calling me. It would seem the California Lottery would agree with me, as their new campaign is focused on the idea that Californians are proud to call themselves “dreamers.”

According to a statement from lead agency David&Goliath, “They (Californians) wear it like a badge of honor and they love California because it’s a state that truly celebrates diversity and the freedom to be exactly who you are.” When the agency asked Californians what they dream about, the answers ranged from big to small to totally out there, but they all dreamed of giving back to loved ones and their communities. A nice thought, indeed. And the way to get there is by taking La Brea south to the to 10, take it to the 10 then switch over to the 405 north… Sorry, had to get a little “Californian” joke in there.

In an effort to compete with the massive jackpots of national draw games, California Lottery is reminding people that SuperLotto Plus “SLP” is California’s original lotto game, and for more than 30 years, SLP has inspired countless Californians to dream. The campaign broke over Memorial Day Weekend.

Created by D&G – in collaboration with Horizon Media, Inc., Casanova//McCann, Time Advertising, Muse Communications and Alcone Marketing Group – this inspirational and touching integrated campaign is based on the aforementioned simple truth that California is known for being a land of dreamers.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a wonderfully directed :60 cinema spot from award-winning director, Cole Webley and narrated by actor, writer producer James van der Beek (yes, Dawson). Titled, “May the Best Dream Win,” the film depicts stories of Californians using their SuperLotto Plus (SLP) winnings to realize their dreams, whether finally having the means to do something they’ve always dreamed of, or giving back to family or the community.

Particularly touching is the short vignette about an African American son taking his former serviceman dad out on a ride on his military motorcycle and side-car. Take a look below:

“At its core, this campaign is all about embracing a very simple truth, that Californians, by nature, are dreamers. It’s about captivating that spirit and reassuring them that whatever their dream is, this is the State of opportunity, where anything is possible. Because as we all know, California is a state with a very distinct identity, one that has historically attracted some of the most prolific dreamers,” said David Angelo, founder and chairman of D&G.

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David&Goliath wants Californians to dream big

The integrated, multilingual effort is brought to life through many elements including TV (:30 and :15 cutdowns), outdoor, print, digital, social and radio – all to make a collective impact.

Later in the year, CA Lottery will launch :30 vignette spots that focus on these individual stories. For now, we’ll have to settle for this beautiful :60 which feels big and dreamy. Like California.

Client: California Lottery

Agency: David&Goliath, LA
   Founder & Chairman: David Angelo
   Chief Creative Officer: Bobby Pearce
   President: Yumi Prentice
   Group Creative Director/Writer: Greg Buri
   Writer: Mark Monteiro
   Art Director: Kim Schoen
   Creative Director: Chris DeNinno
   Creative Director: Tushar Date
   Associate Director of Strategy: Kristen Knape
   Senior Planner: Chris Kwak
   Managing Director of Broadcast Production: Paul Albanese
   Executive Producer: Curt O’Brien
   Senior Broadcast Producer: Rob Sondik
   Junior Broadcast Producer: Sana Bawania
   Director of Business Affairs: Rodney Pizarro
   Senior Business Affairs Manager: Natasha Royzina
   Business Affairs Manager: Yenia Paez
   Associate Business Affairs Manager: Marlon Pineda
   Managing Director: Robin Osborne
   Account Director: Janet Wang
   Account Supervisor: Amy Laughlin
   Account Executive: Sarah Cohen
   Account Coordinator: Alexis Niekamp
   Project Manager: Mike Antonellis
   Director of Digital Production: Peter Bassett
   Senior Interactive Producer: Noah Luger
   Digital Designer: Meagan Steinkamp
   Senior Developer: Benjamin Smith
   Director of Print Services: Meredith Walsh
   Print Production Manager: Jenny Wu
   Senior Art Producer: Andrea Rosenfeld
   Photographer: Jeff Luker

Production Company: Sanctuary
   Director: Cole Webley
   Director of Photography (TV): Patrick Scola
   Executive Producer/Owner: Preston Lee
   Head of Production: Alex Litt
   Line Producer: Chris Cho

Editorial House: Spinach
   Editor: Andy McGraw (Cartel)
   Executive Producer: Jonathan Carpio

Telecine: MPC
   Colorist: Mark Gethin

VFX Company: JAMM
   VFX Supervisor/Lead Compositor: Brian Hajek
   Flame Artist: Mark Holden
   Flame Artist: Ally Burnett
   Flame Artist: Michael Vaglienty
   Nuke Artist: Kevin Jones
   CG Supervisor: Andy Boyd
   CG Artist: Nha Ca Chau
   Producer: Adam Reeb
   Production Coordinator: Justine Pregler
   Executive Producer: Asher Edwards

Music: Einaudi “Experience”

Mix House: Lime Studios
   Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan
   Sound Mixer/Engineer: Mark Meyuhas
   Assistant Mixer: Peter Lapinski

Media Agency: Horizon Media, Inc.
Digital Production Company: PFM Interactive

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