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October 29, 2012

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October, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Fantasy 5 Ticket Worth Nearly $350,000 Claimed by Southern California Man


SACRAMENTO – Guadalupe Chavez is a long-time Lottery player. In fact, he’s been playing so long that when he discovered on Friday night that he had won a Fantasy 5 top prize worth $348,160, he and his sons jokingly remarked that he had “won all my money back.”

Chavez purchased his winning ticket at 3 King’s Liquor, which is located at 5126 West 190th Street in Torrance (Los Angeles County). The ticket successfully matched the numbers 26, 38, 30, 36 and 1. He said he checked the numbers immediately after the draw, and when he saw he had matched all five he was in a state of disbelief. Chavez said he went back to the retail location to double-check and have the retailer run his ticket for him. The result was the same – he was the big winner!

Chavez said he plans to use a portion of his money to pay off the mortgage on his house.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, 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 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 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

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. 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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