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August 16, 2012

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August, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Avid Fantasy 5 Player Claims Prize Worth More Than $167,000


SACRAMENTO – To call Nigel Dorsey an avid Fantasy 5 player is an understatement. Dorsey is a very consistent and incredibly knowledgeable player as well, and that consistency and knowledge has paid off. Not only did he win $167,610 in Monday night’s draw, but he also won $56,000 on Fantasy 5 in 2002.  

“I told my friend I wasn’t going back to Vegas until I hit Fantasy 5 again, so when I realized I had won, I texted her in the next room and said, ‘We’re going to Vegas!’” Besides a quick trip to Vegas, Dorsey plans to help his son and put the rest in the bank. “I went through the first big prize I won pretty quickly and then I was mad at myself. I’m going to make this one last,” he explained.

The small business owner bought his ticket at Albertsons, which is located at 3443 South Sepulveda in Los Angeles. His ticket successfully matched all five numbers – 3, 30, 2, 23 and 14 – and split the top prize of $335,220 with another ticket sold in San Diego. The second ticket was sold at Corey’s Liquor, which is located at 3605 University Avenue in San Diego and is still unclaimed.

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.

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. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $25 billion to education. 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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