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November 20, 2012

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November, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Northern California Man’s Lucky Numbers Come Through in Big Lottery Win


SACRAMENTO – He just knew it was going to happen. That’s what Paul Reed told us after he hit it big playing the California Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game. His was one of two lucky tickets that matched all five winning numbers in the November 15 draw. Both lucky ticket holders split the top prize to win $179,745 each.

Reed bought his ticket at Cobb Texaco, which is located at 16390 Highway 175 in Cobb (Lake County). The numbers drawn were 11, 3, 37, 2 and 7. Reed said he’s been using these numbers for years, believing that they would eventually pay off. “I got them off of a mailbox. They were an address,” said Reed.  He began putting the numbers in different combinations, until he landed on a grouping that felt right. He’s used the numbers in other draw games, but said the real mojo came about when he began giving Fantasy 5 a shot a few months ago. “I hit three numbers a couple of times,” he told us. That was enough to convince him that he was onto something good.

Reed said the lucky vibe he had in playing last week was so strong that he intentionally waited until after the weekend to check his numbers, hoping to extend the moment. His feelings were verified when he checked the Lottery’s website, but his wife Susan said reality didn’t hit them until they went back to the retailer and saw the winner announcement sign. “There it was on the door. We jumped up and down. It’s real,” said Susan.

The other winning ticket was sold at the Bel Air Market located at 4320 Arden Way in Sacramento. It was claimed on Friday.

Fantasy 5 offers some of the best odds of any California Lottery game. A player wins the Fantasy 5 jackpot simply by matching five numbers out of a field of 39. Winning numbers are drawn every day. The top prize starts at $50,000 and increases daily until it is hit. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers.

And be sure to participate in the California Lottery’s Fantasy 5 Bonus Bucks promotion. For every purchase of $5 or more of Fantasy 5 on a single ticket you will automatically receive a Fantasy 5 Bonus Bucks code. Enter the code at to participate in weekly draws for a chance to win cash prizes up to $10,000.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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