Nearly 105,000 tickets matched enough numbers in last night’s Fantasy 5 draw to win at least the minimum prize, a free play, but only one lucky ticket sold in Placer County was worth the coveted six-figure jackpot.
That top prize was claimed Tuesday by Delmar Casler, whose ticket successfully matched all five numbers – 24, 10, 15, 16 and 7 – and is worth $343,878. Casler bought his ticket at Rocklin AM/PM, 4500 Rocklin Road, according to a release from California Lottery.
Store Manager Sonia Diaz said that to her knowledge, this is the second time the store has sold a top-prize Fantasy 5 ticket. She said she received the call that the ticket was a winner Tuesday morning.
“I was excited,” she said. “It’s nice to know that someone won from here, and it’s one of our regular customers, so that’s even nicer.”
A woman who answered the phone at Casler’s residence said he did not wish to discuss his win.
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 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.
All past and current lottery draw results can be obtained for free by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or at www.calottery.com.