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July 6, 2012

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July, 2012 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Feeling Fine about Fantasy 5 Lottery Win in Los Angeles


SACRAMENTO – David McDonald has done what so many other people wish they could do. He walked into the California Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office and turned in his Lottery ticket worth $221,521. That was the top prize in the Fantasy 5 draw on Wednesday night. To his surprise, his ticket matched all five numbers – 6, 32, 27, 15 and 20.

David says he’s come close so many times before, matching four out of five numbers several times, that he just knew “one day I would do it.” Once his Fantasy became a reality, David says he couldn’t wait to unload that little slip of paper and lose the paranoid feeling he had about losing his lucky ticket.

The food service worker says he’s always enjoyed “the chance of winning money.” If he buys tickets again at the winning retail location, Century Marina Liquor, which is located at 8526 Lincoln Boulevard in Los Angeles, he might roll up in a Jeep he’s had his eye on. “Now I guess I don’t have to worry about financing,” David said.

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 $24 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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