The California Lottery reports that just one ticket was sold that matched all five winning numbers for the May 10, 2023 Fantasy 5 drawing. The owner of that ticket will now get to claim the entire $582,160 jackpot.
Sharing is caring, but having the whole jackpot to yourself is divine
Grand prizes in the “match five” games, like California’s Fantasy 5, are frequently won by more than one player. The likelihood of matching five numbers, while still remarkably difficult, is much greater than matching the six required by games like Powerball and Mega Millions.
The jackpots are smaller to begin with in games like Fantasy 5 compared to the larger and more difficult games. When these jackpots are split by multiple winners, the resulting prize amounts may not be as “life-changing” as the winners had hoped.
In this case, the lucky winner gets to claim the entire $582,160. My guess is there won’t be any complaints about this one.
Who was the lucky — and only — California winner?
This was a recent drawing. As a result, no information has been released about the winner’s identity or even whether the prize has been claimed.
Where was the winning ticket sold?
The winning ticket for the May 10, 2023 California Fantasy 5 drawing was sold at Green Tahoe Market, a California liquor store and lottery retailer. The location is shown on the following map.
What were the winning numbers for this Fantasy 5 drawing?
The winning numbers for California Fantasy 5 drawing #10777 on May 10, 2023 were:
1, 8, 17, 22 and 28
For lottery players: Do you keep track of winnings and losings?
Some years ago, I knew a couple of people who played poker regularly. They were not professional gamblers, but they did seem to take the game seriously. One phrase I remember hearing them use was whether they were “ahead” or “behind” overall. I took this to mean whether they had won more than they had lost or vice versa.
The lottery is different, of course. It’s easy enough to consider a couple of bucks for a lottery ticket or two as just part of your shopping day. Unless they happen to win something, they are forgotten.
When you do have a modest win, maybe $10 or $20 or even $100 or so, do you break out all your old non-winning tickets, add them up, and find out if you are really ahead of the game? Probably not.
Of course, if you are lucky enough to win a real jackpot, you will probably come out way ahead! I guess that is what keeps us in the game.
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