Bakersfield Man Claims Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $200,000
SACRAMENTO – A retired Bakersfield man wasted no time claiming his winning Fantasy 5 ticket from Saturday night’s draw.
The retired construction worker – who requested anonymity – claimed his $200,958 prize in the Lottery’s Central Valley District Office this morning. He said he has no immediate plans for the money, except to “save for the rest of retirement.” As for when the money is actually in his hand, however, he said: “I’m sure I’ll figure out something.”
The ticket was purchased at Stockdale West Texaco, which is located at 13004 Stockdale Highway.
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.
The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed nearly $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of more than $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.