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May 19, 2014

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May, 2014 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Man Wins $283,000 on Fantasy 5 Using a Combination of Birthdays – on His Birthday!


Robert Scheier 440

SACRAMENTO – It’s a pretty common strategy for California Lottery players to use birthdates as the numbers they pick. But have you ever heard of a player using birthdates on their birthday and then actually winning?! Well that’s exactly what happened to Robert Schreier. Schreier used a combination of birthdates from family and friends to score the Fantasy 5 top prize of $283,078.  

Schreier purchased his Fantasy 5 tickets Friday afternoon before the draw. He said that when he got home that evening he went online to check his numbers, and when he realized he had won, he yelled so loud that he scared his cat. When we asked what he planned on doing with his winnings, Schreier also told us he wants to buy himself a new car and just invest the rest. 

Schreier purchased the lucky ticket at Tony & Rami’s Liquor, which is located at 24011 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo (Orange County). Tony & Rami’s Liquor is a winner as well, picking up a bonus of $1,415.39, or one half of one percent of the winning amount just for selling the top prize-winning ticket. The winning numbers were 31, 5, 16, 1 and 39.

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.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 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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