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April 16, 2013

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April, 2013 | Winners Stories

Two Self-Employed Fantasy 5 Winners Come Forward, Each Winning More Than $150,000


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SACRAMENTO – Last weekend there were two Fantasy 5 winners – one from Southern California and one from Northern California – and both have already come forward to claim their $150,950 prizes.

Shane Hayden is the owner of Shaneco Plumbing & Rooter. When he found out he won, he says he wanted to sign the ticket right away. “I was afraid a gust of wind would come and carry my ticket away, like in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’” he explained. Once he checked and double-checked his numbers and knew his win was real, Hayden called his mom, dad, and girlfriend to tell them the good news, and then went home, opened an 18-year-old bottle of Scotch and celebrated.

Hayden is a fairly young businessman, but has wisdom beyond his years. He already had his financial plan done for the year, but he may have to alter that a bit. “I plan to buy some new tools for my business, help my parents, and invest the rest.” He says he was already planning a vacation to Thailand this year and that will still happen. Karma may have played a part in his win too because last Saturday he played in a charity golf tournament and won a $200 cash prize, which he promptly donated back to the charity. A few hours later, he won Fantasy 5… luck or Karma? You decide.

Hayden has only been playing the Lottery regularly for about a year, using the same two sets of numbers each time – his birthdate, two lucky numbers, and the age he was when he started playing the Lottery. Hayden bought his winning ticket at North Oaks Liquor & Market, which is located at 1086 Avenue De Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks (Ventura County).

Ali Hamedi is another business owner who is the owner and operator of Ali’s, a small convenience store in San Francisco. As always, he went home and after dinner, he checked his Lottery tickets to see if he had won. He also checked and double-checked to make sure what he was seeing was real, and then he said, “I am so happy – I can pay all my bills now!” His wife was not so certain: “Are you sure,” she asked, “is this a joke?” The Hamedis plan to take a vacation to Canada, visit back East, and “maybe Las Vegas,” he added.

Hamedi has been playing the Lottery for many years and also uses his own numbers, made up of some dates and some lucky numbers. And believe it or not, this isn’t even the biggest prize he has ever won. He won $300,000 playing SuperLotto in 1988, but continues to play the Lottery. He said, “I believe I will win, otherwise, why even play?”

Hamedi bought his winning ticket at Ali’s, which is located at 325 Mason Street in San Francisco. The tickets both successfully matched the five winning numbers – 11, 23, 25, 13 and 8.

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.

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 1, or via our website at

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