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March 18, 2013

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March, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

A Weekly Trip to the Laundromat Turns Into a $333,127 Win!


Sergio Ignacio 440

SACRAMENTO – Every week Sergio Ignacio makes a trip to the laundromat with his daughter as a way to help out his wife Debbie, who is sick with cancer. Well that trip on St. Patrick’s Day turned out to be very lucky after the couple won $333,127 on a Fantasy 5 ticket.

“I won, and I couldn’t believe it” Sergio said. The couple has big plans for their winnings. “We plan to use the money to make a down payment on a house since God answered our prayers,” he added. The couple has always rented and has never been able to own a home…until now!

Sergio says he bought eight tickets in total and the winning one was a combination of birthdays, as well as the day his mother passed away.

That winning ticket for Sunday night’s Fantasy 5 draw was sold at Victoria Liquors and Food, which is located at 22 South Park Victoria Drive in Milpitas (Santa Clara County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 1, 14, 6, 31, and 8.

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.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via our website at

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