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July 8, 2014

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July, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

La Crescenta Man Wastes No Time Claiming his $286,000 Fantasy 5 Prize!


SACRAMENTO – Adam Shahinian is a very excitable guy. When he saw that a winning Fantasy 5 ticket had been sold at the store where he buys his tickets, instead of checking the numbers on the website, he jumped in his car and drove to the store. As he walked in, he asked the clerk, “Did anyone claim the Fantasy 5 prize yet?” The clerk told him no one had, so as he waited his turn he used the Check-a-Ticket machine. Shahinian couldn’t believe his eyes when the machine told him his ticket was a winner and the amount was $286,539.

“I started jumping up and down – I couldn’t believe it,” he explained. Shahinian says he goes to that store at least once a day to buy coffee, soda and you guessed it, Lottery tickets. He plans to use his prize to invest in a local business. He said “La Crescenta is a wonderful small town and I want to help build the economy here – I love it here!”

Shahinian’s winning ticket from July 5 matched all of the winning numbers – 34, 24, 9, 1 and 28 – and was purchased at Gardenia Market & Deli, which is located at 4121 Pennsylvania Avenue, Unit A in La Crescenta (Los Angeles County). The retailer is a winner as well, picking up a bonus of one half of one percent of the winning amount just for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

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.
Fantasy 5 offers some of the best odds of any California Lottery game. A player wins the Fantasy 5 top prize 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.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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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