Edgar Soltero will always remember Christmas Eve 2016! That’s because the Los Angeles resident invested $1 on a Fantasy 5 ticket on December 24, 2016 and ended up matching all five numbers during the draw that night. He won $837,593 – the largest top prize in Fantasy 5 history (Fantasy 5 began in February, 1992).
Soltero matched the winning numbers 5-16-21-31 and 32. “I feel really happy. I know there are a lot of California Lottery winners. I’m just happy to be one of them,” Soltero explained in Spanish.
So why did Soltero decide to stop that night at a Los Angeles County Circle K (5941 State Street in Huntington Park)? It was something he saw through his car window. “The (California Lottery electronic jackpot) sign (located in the window of the store) triggered it. Seeing the high amount for the drawing motivated me. I thought maybe I can win!”
Soltero is no California Lottery player novice. He claims he’s won $500 playing Scratchers® games over the years more than just a couple of times! And now a record-breaking Fantasy 5 win! The 37-year-old says he is going to pay some bills with his $837,593 (before taxes). He’s already taken his work buddies out to lunch to celebrate.
Soltero’s $837,593 payday beats the previous Fantasy 5 top prize amount of $762,087, which was won on October 28, 2016 in Fresno County.
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. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers.