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March 30, 2010

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March, 2010 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Retired Inland Empire Man Will Buy Childhood Home With Lottery Winnings


SACRAMENTO – A $204,320 lottery prize will help an Inland Empire retiree buy his childhood home.

Robert Smith of Upland recently lost his mother, and, since her passing, her home in Arizona was listed for sale. Smith says he plans to “buy the house I was brought up in. I want to keep it in the family.” 

Smith plans to invest anything that remains in a money market account, and, of course, buy a few more lottery tickets.

The numbers on Smith’s winning Fantasy 5 ticket were 11, 6, 16, 15 and 31. The ticket was purchased at the Circle K store located at 681 East Foothill Boulevard in Upland.

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.

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed nearly $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of more than $59 billion. Retailers

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