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Playing the California Fantasy 5 and picking possible winning numbers are as easy as counting to five! Five steps, five numbers and simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes. 

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What is the California Fantasy 5?

Fantasy 5 is a California lottery game where two matches results in a free ticket and three matches in a prize. The largest Fantasy 5 prize ever won was $729,505, on February 13, 1992.

Players simply choose five lucky numbers in a range from 1 to 39. Each play costs $1, and if a player plays $5 or more on one ticket, they will get a Fantasy 5 - 2nd Chance code for an extra chance to win.

Drawings take place daily immediately after ticket sales close at 6:30 PM PT.

What is Fantasy 5 - Second Chance?

If a player plays $5 or more on one ticket, they will get a Fantasy 5 ‚Äď 2nd Chance code printed on their ticket, giving them an extra chance to win.¬†

How to play the California Fantasy 5?

Fantasy 5:

$1 cost

Time and Date of the Next draw: Every day after the draw entry closes at 6:30 p.m.

How to play?

Using a Lottery play-slip pick 5 numbers between 1 and 39. A Quick Pick¬ģ option is also on offer by the use of a random number generator. To play the same numbers for consecutive draws, just mark Advance Play¬ģ which allows you to play multiple draws (12 consecutive) with one purchase.

Pay $2 per play for each Powerball ticket, which is your receipt. Once it prints, the play cannot be cancelled or refunded - avoiding any lotto scams.

Powerball Live draws take place every day after the draw entry closes at 6:30 p.m.

Fantasy 5 has 4 winning ball combinations. The more numbers on your ticket that match the Winning numbers drawn, the more you win.

Players can use any of these ways to see if they are a Fantasy 5 winner:

Look on the Lottery website for winning numbers and prize amounts.

Download the Lottery mobile app to see winning numbers.

Scan your ticket using the Check-A-Ticket feature on the mobile app.

Use the Check-A-Ticket machine at a Lottery retailer location.

California Fantasy 5 Second Chance

The California Lottery runs weekly second chance draws for non-winning Fantasy 5 tickets. Each draw offers:

3 prizes worth $15,000 each

12 prizes worth $1,000 each

Players will get a Second Chance code printed onto their Fantasy 5 ticket if they spend $5 or more for the transaction. Players can then submit this code online through the California Lottery website to enter the draw.

Fantasy 5 FAQs

All prizes over $599 are subject to federal taxes, but there are no state or local taxes on winnings.

For every dollar spent by players, 95 cents is returned to the community via player prizes, investment in education, and retailer compensation.

Players have 180 days from the draw date to claim their winnings.

Free tickets must also be claimed within 180 days of the draw.

If a jackpot is not claimed within 180 days from the draw date, it will be distributed to CA public schools.

How to claim your lotto cash prize

To collect a prize, just follow the simple claim process for the type of prize won. After your claim is processed at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento, a check will be received in the mail in about 6 to 8 weeks.

$599 and Under Claim Process

Two ways to collect your prize:

Option 1: Visit a Lottery retailer Take the winning ticket to a Lottery retailer and the clerk will hand you cash on the spot.

Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

$600 and Over Claim Process

Two ways to collect your prize:

Option 1: Visit a Lottery District Office Bring the winning ticket and a completed Claim Form to any Lottery District Office. Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office.

Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

2nd Chance Claim Process


Download and print the 2nd Chance Claim Form (PDF).

Mail your claim form Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

For any questions, players can call the Lottery’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-LOTTERY (1-800-568-8379), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is recommended to send everything by certified mail and saving a copy of every item submitted.

The claiming period for prizes may vary by promotion. Refer to the specific Promotion Rules for details.

State law prohibits the sale of a Lottery ticket or the payment of a prize to anyone under 18. Tickets failing validation are void.

All California State Lottery game tickets, transactions, claims and prize payments are subject to California State law and the California State Lottery rules and regulations.

What to do when you win?

At the very least, a winner will need a lawyer, an accountant, and a financial advisor.  Look for professionals who have experience in this specific field.  When a player wins a jackpot, they may need to decide whether they will opt to receive a lump-sum or annuity payout. The decision depends on a player’s personality and financial situation.

When you have your initial interview, here are the questions you want to ask:

How Much and how do you charge for your services?

Ask if there is an initial planning fee, a charge per percentage for assets under management, or whether they make money from selling you a specific product.

What licenses, credentials and certifications do you have?

Which services does your firm provide?

What do you specialize in?

If you have a specific interest ‚ÄĒ such as charitable giving or socially responsible investments find someone that concentrates in this area too.

Ask to see a sample financial plan.

What is your investment approach?

How much contact do you have with your clients?

Will you be working only with one person or with a team?

Avoid making big changes right away including quitting a job, selling a house, starting or ending a relationship.  Winning the lottery is an emotional situation, and winners might not make sound decisions and end up regretting it later.

Once you have your money

Bank it.

Talk to a bank management or private banking department and discuss the best options for holding large amounts of money.

Set a budget.

Sit down with advisors and take a look at how much there will be left have after federal, state, and local taxes.

Form a charity and giving plan.

Consider gifting taxation structures or forming an official charity foundation.

Advisor Tip! ‚ÄúKeep the big win quiet and to yourself,‚ÄĚ says financial advisor David Niggel

History of California Fantasy 5

California’s Fantasy 5 5/39 had its start back to 1992, with more than 5,600 drawings to date.

The California State Lottery itself began with a ballot measure, Proposition 37, that was approved by voters on November 6, 1984. Called the California State Lottery Act of 1984, it allows the Lottery to supplement funding for public education in California through the responsible sale of lottery related products.

The California Lottery has raised more than $26.6 billion for education since 1985, and 87% of its sales must be returned to the public as prizes or contributions to education.

Comparison table for California Fantasy 5

Matching Numbers
Winning Tickets
Prize Amounts
Matched 5 of 5 numbers
1
$58,171
Matched 4 of 5 numbers
111
$315
Matched 3 of 5 numbers
3,170
$13
Matched 2 of 5 numbers
34,772Free play
Total Winning Tickets
38,054

Matching Numbers
Odds 1 in
All 5 of 5 winning numbers
575,757
Any 4 of 5 winning numbers
3,387
Any 3 of 5 winning numbers
103
Any 2 of 5 winning numbers
10
Overall odds of winning
9

All Lottery funding is distributed to public education based on the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) information provided by the State Controller’s Office.

These are the schools that have received funds, along with their percentages of cumulative distributions:

Grade level
Distribution percentage
K-12th Grade
80%
Community Colleges
13.9%
California State University System
3.7%
University of California
2.3%
Other Educational Entities
.01%

Tips for playing California Fantasy 5

Remember – there’s no way to predict the numbers as drawings are completely random, but there are tried and tested ways to increase your chance to win.

Play the Right Games

There is a selection of lottery games‚ÄĒand they each have different odds of winning.

Read the odds to ensure you're maximizing your chances of winning.

Pick up some scratch cards. Yes, they offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.

Lottery games like Powerball and MegaMillions are national lotteries and have fixed odds of winning, but if many people enter, you could end up splitting a jackpot. That would lower the value of your prize

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

One MegaMillions lottery ticket worth nearly $300,000 was never claimed!

Keep your ticket somewhere that is safe and easy to find

Make a note of the drawing date and time in your calendar

Check and Double-check the numbers against your ticket

Use a lottery app to keep track

Play Second-Chance Games (Where Possible)

Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets giving players a bonus chance to be a winner.

Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets

Sign it! Your signature on the back of a lottery ticket can help you prove that it is indeed yours if it gets lost or stolen.

 Choose Rarer Numbers

 Picking certain numbers may offer you a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout.

If you win a lottery jackpot, there is a chance that you might have to split the payout with players who picked the same numbers, so you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the payout for yourself.

Why the California Super Lotto is so popular

Not only does the California Super Lotto offer players ‚Äútop prize‚ÄĚ payouts, but it has multiple ways and chances to win.¬† As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the California Super Lotto offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG!

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

Joining a lottery ‚Äúclub‚ÄĚ will not improve your chances of winning foreign lotteries although¬†Con artists will claim that pooling your money with other people means you can buy more tickets and have more chances to win.

What Are Lottery Pools?

A lottery pool is when group of players pools money to buy lottery tickets together – any of the tickets bought which results in a win, will be split.

Not only will it not increase your chances but lottery pool members have previously been sued for various reasons, like conflicts over who participated in the pool, whether tickets were purchased privately or for the group, whether the proper numbers were played, and more.

There have also been cases where corrupt people collected money for lottery pools then pocketed the cash without ever buying the tickets.

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Odds of winning California Fantasy 5

The odds of winning the first prize jackpot are one in 575,575:

Matching Numbers
Odds 1 in
All 5 of 5 winning numbers
575,757
Any 4 of 5 winning numbers
3,387
Any 3 of 5 winning numbers
103
Any 2 of 5 winning numbers
10
Overall odds of winning
9

Is California Fantasy 5 a Scam?

Absolutely not! The California Fantasy 5 began in 1991 and is still going strong over 29 years later.

What is a lottery scam?

A lottery scam is an attempt to fraudulently extract money from someone by pretending to be a legitimate lottery company or winning player. It has sadly become a too common method of deception as such scams prey on people’s desire to win money and the popularity of big lottery games.

How to protect yourself?

Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence ‚Äď so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!

Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.

Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or online are usually illegal.

If you didn't buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn't win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.

The lottery doesn't notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.

Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

Talk to someone. Before giving up any money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists bet on decisions that are made in a hurry.  The chances of recovering money from foreign crooks may be even worse than that of actually winning a lottery. 

If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

How to Gamble Responsibly

Never gamble with borrowed money.

Create a weekly or monthly recreational spending budget and stick to it.

Only spend what you can afford to lose.

Over time, odds are you will lose, and significant financial gain is rarely a benefit of gambling.

Don’t gamble alone. Do it socially with friends, family or colleagues while enjoying other forms of entertainment.

Gambling should never be essential to having a good time.

Limit how often and for how long you gamble.

Gambling should be your choice. Don’t let anyone pressure you to do it.

Avoid alcohol or other drugs when you gamble as it can affect your judgment.

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Conclusion

California Lottery’s motto is “imagine the possibilities.” And the mission of the California Fantasy 5 and California Lotto in general is to provide supplementary funding to California public schools with 95 cents of every dollar spent by a player on Lottery games goes back to the community through contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation.

Fantasy 5 Stats

Odds: 1 in 575,575

Jackpot: Minimum $50,000

Pick Size: Pick-5

Where to Play: California

How to Play: Choose 5 numbers from 1-39

Price: $1

Drawings: Daily

How to Win: Match all 5 winning numbers

 

Players must be 18 or older to play Fantasy 5 and 2nd Chance. The odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of codes entered and the total number of entries each player submits. Players are eligible for a chance to win one prize per drawing.  Players simply choose five lucky numbers in a range from 1 to 39.

 

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