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November 26, 2013

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November, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Bay Area Dad’s Team Loses However He Scores $370,000!


Santa Clara County Man Celebrates Fantasy 5 Replay Ticket Win With Friends in Silence
SACRAMENTO – Not many people were probably more distressed than Quoc Ly when his Denver Broncos blew a 24-point lead Sunday night. And when the New England Patriots started mounting an unbelievable comeback in the second half, he suddenly found himself dealing with an odd mix of emotions as he watched the football game with a group of friends. He’d just checked his phone and discovered all of his Fantasy 5 numbers came up a winner. “I screamed at first and they (my friends) asked me what happened, did you win something!? But I said, ‘nah!’ I acted like nothing happened because they would have asked me for money!” Ly explained with a laugh.

So on one hand, the Santa Clara County man sat for the next couple of hours watching his team painfully choke away a big lead – while on the other hand, he was secretly going crazy inside from the excitement of knowing he’d just won $370,951! “To tell you the truth, I’ve had dreams of winning the lotto before, but I woke up and it was only a dream,” Ly added.

Ly wasted no time turning in his ticket. He said he got up at the crack of dawn the next morning (Monday) and drove all the way to the Lottery’s district office in Sacramento (even though there were offices in Hayward and South San Francisco he could have gone that were much closer). “I didn’t want to take any chances going to the wrong place or something! I’m so excited. I really need the money!”

Ly purchased his winning Fantasy 5 ticket at Ron’s Liquor, which is located at 1633 Flickinger Avenue in San Jose. The winning numbers are 9-17-25-27 and 36.

So what does the satellite company technician have planned for his nearly $400,000 in winnings? “I’m going to put a big chunk of that for my two kids’ educations and pay some bills – and buy Christmas gifts. Everything will be fine now!” said Ly, who added, “I’ve been trying to win for 23 years! The most I’d won was $1,000 on a Scratchers® ticket.” All of that tenacity paid off – literally!

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 – 2nd Chance promotion. For every purchase of $5 or more of Fantasy 5 on a single ticket you will automatically receive a Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance code. Enter the code at to participate in weekly draws for a chance to win cash prizes up to $10,000.

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