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December 6, 2012

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December, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

$190,000 Fantasy 5 Top Prize Claimed by Southern California Man


SACRAMENTO – There were two big winners on Tuesday night who split a Fantasy 5 top prize worth more than $380,000. And for one – Ivan Hernandez – it didn’t take too long to come forward and claim their prize.

Hernandez walked into the Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office this morning to claim his share of the prize – $195,947. He purchased his winning ticket at USA Donut, which is located at 13316 Burbank Boulevard in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County).

Hernandez is a regular Lottery player and has had some success in the past; including matching four of five Fantasy 5 numbers a whopping four times last year! And even though he said he believed it was just a matter of time before he matched all five numbers, nothing could have prepared him for the moment he discovered he had actually done it.

Usually, Hernandez said he checks his tickets a couple days after the fact, but for some reason he decided to check his tickets yesterday while on a shopping trip. He checked his numbers and couldn’t believe it. It was only after visiting six more retail locations and checking his ticket did he finally believe he was the winner – though he did check it one last time in the Lottery office when he came in to claim and once again saw the winning numbers 20, 31, 4, 37, and 7.

Hernandez said he and his wife plan to decide what they’ll spend the money on once they receive their check, though he did mention the possibility of buying a house.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

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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