CA Lottery Home

About Us Games Retailers Corporate Social Responsibility Español

Press release

June 28, 2011

See more press releases:

June, 2011 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Fortune Cookie Wins National City Man $153k Fantasy 5 Prize – 10 Years Later!


SACRAMENTO – Miguel Bernal should win the most persistent Lottery player award. Ten years ago he started playing a set of five numbers he got out of a fortune cookie and last night those numbers finally came up, winning him $153,681!

Bernal, an auto attendant at a Chevrolet dealership, claimed his Fantasy 5 prize this afternoon at the California Lottery’s San Diego District Office. He said he got the ticket as a routine purchase late yesterday afternoon from his local retailer.

“I went into the store last night and the clerk told me they had sold a winning ticket,” said Bernal. “They kept on telling me ‘It’s you!’ but I said ‘No way!’” Later that night Bernal’s son checked the Lottery’s website for the winning numbers and confirmed the win.

Bernal says he will use the prize to buy his college-aged daughter a new car. The rest he will put away and save for a rainy day.

The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 2400 Highland Avenue in National City. The winning numbers are 5, 33, 21, 7 and 32.

Another Fantasy 5 ticket also matched all five numbers in last night’s draw and is worth $153,681. That ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 400 El Camino Real in Belmont. The ticket remains unclaimed.

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.

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to the community in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $23 billion to education.

See More Press Releases: June, 2011 | Winners Stories | Southern California