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May 15, 2014

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May, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Rocket Launcher Claims $193,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold in Long Beach


SACRAMENTO – Elvie Lago has a very interesting job. She is part of a company that launches rockets to the equator for communications. Lago recently won $193,355 playing Fantasy 5 and wanted to come in quickly to claim her prize because she’s off to launch rockets this week.

Lago loves her job, so much so that she couldn’t tear herself away to go and purchase her weekly Lottery tickets last week. So when her friend June offered to go to 7-Eleven for her, she took him up on the offer. Lago realized she won the night of the draw, but had to wait for her husband to get home from golf on Saturday to figure out what to do next. When asked why he couldn’t skip golf, Lago shows that she’s an understanding wife, saying “He is preparing for a tournament so he didn’t want to miss it.” Not even to figure out how to claim their $193,000? Nope! So on Saturday, they went back to the retailer and found out what to do next. Lago wanted to claim before leaving later this week for her latest launch. “We have a cruise ship with a launch pad on it but it takes seven days to get there and seven days to get home, I didn’t want to wait,” she explained. Lago and her husband plan to someday move back to their home in the Philippines and they want to invest this prize so moving back will be easier.

Lago’s friend purchased the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 152 Pine Avenue in Long Beach (Los Angeles County). That ticket matched the numbers 8, 37, 30, 6 and 17.

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.
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 – 2nd Chance promotion. For every purchase of $5 or more of Fantasy 5 on a single ticket you will automatically receive a Fantasy 5 – 2nd Chance code. Enter the code at to participate in weekly draws for a chance to win cash prizes up to $10,000.

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