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June 13, 2012

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June, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Southern Californians Split Fantasy 5 Top Prize Worth More Than $500,000


SACRAMENTO – Two California Lottery players from Southern California purchased big winning tickets for Monday night’s Fantasy 5 draw. Both players’ tickets matched all five numbers to split the top prize, netting each player $261,698.

Both winners wasted no time claiming prizes. Robert Carey, 64, of Lake Forest visited the Lottery’s Santa Ana District Office yesterday afternoon with his winning Fantasy 5 ticket. When asked if he’s lived a lucky life Carey said, “I’ve been lucky in love with my wife and family.”

Carey purchased his ticket at Sam’s Liquor, which is located at 23818 Mercury Road in Lake Forest (Orange County).

The other big winner from Monday night was Eugene Fenix. He came into the Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office just before the end of the day yesterday to claim his prize.

Fenix said he had been hoping for maybe four numbers, but when he saw that his ticket matched the numbers he saw on screen he thought “oh my goodness.” He also said “it blew my mind.” He plans to use part of his prize to take his three kids on a trip to Disneyland.

Fenix purchased his lucky ticket at Victor Valley Gas Mart, which is located at 16088 Mojave Drive in Victorville (San Bernardino County).

Winning retail locations receive one-half of one percent of the Fantasy 5 top prize, approximately $1,300 each. The lucky players’ tickets successfully matched all five numbers – 24, 3, 11, 29 and 35.

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 at any of the 21,000 California Lottery retailer locations.

And be sure to participate in the California Lottery’s Fantasy 5 Bonus Bucks promotion! You will automatically receive a Fantasy 5 Bonus Bucks code for every Fantasy 5 purchase of $5 or more on a single ticket. 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 $24 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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