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July 30, 2012

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July, 2012 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Third Time’s a Charm for Fantasy 5 Player


SACRAMENTO – In only his third time ever playing Fantasy 5, Carlos Sandoval successfully matched all five numbers to take home the top prize of $318,673!

Carlos’ wife, who was the one who actually checked the winning numbers, said that he didn’t believe her when she called him to break the news. It wasn’t until he got home and saw the winning ticket for himself that he believed it.

The couple said they plan on using their winnings to pay off their cars and put some away for retirement.  

The winning ticket was purchased at Williams Liquor, which is located at 1064 Leigh Avenue in San Jose. The lucky ticket successfully matched all five numbers – 15, 30, 21, 11 and 19.

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.

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 $25 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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