Each ticket costs $1, wins $36,313 jackpot. No investor would complain about a return like that.
Like the tides, lottery jackpots rise and fall. When the jackpots for the big national lotteries, Powerball and Mega Millions, reach their peaks — sometimes over a billion dollars — the media goes into a frenzy. Long lines form at lottery retailers everywhere.
Eventually somebody wins the colossal prize, and the cycle starts all over again.
Fantasy 5: more frequent jackpots, more happy players
California’s Fantasy 5 lottery behaves this way. However, since there are only five numbers required for a jackpot win, grand prize payouts and jackpot “resets” occur more frequently. Naturally, the prizes are significantly smaller than those in the national lotteries.
A recent Fantasy 5 drawing on May 19, 2023, had three grand prize winners of $200,992 each for a total jackpot of $602,976. Out of the four daily drawings since then, there have been three more winning draws. The modest $72,626 total jackpot on May 23, 2023 took place the day after a slightly “built up” jackpot of $165,489 on May 22, 2023.
California’s Fantasy 5 apparently believes in more jackpots, paid more frequently, than the larger jackpots resulting from long stretches of nobody winning a grand prize. I suspect that those players who win prizes, even more modest ones, appreciate this philosophy.
Do we know who the lucky winners were?
Not yet, no. This drawing was very recent as of this writing, so no additional information is available about the winners.
What were the lucky numbers for this drawing?
The five numbers that yielded the two modest jackpots for the California Fantasy 5 drawing #10790 on May 23, 2023 were:
17, 18, 21, 34, and 38.
Where did the winners buy their tickets?
The winning tickets for this drawing were sold at the following California markets:
- Sierra Gateway Market #1
- Arco AM/PM
The locations for each are shown on the following map. Click on the red icons for more information.
How would you feel about winning a prize that was a fraction of the previous jackpot?
It’s a classic “Is the cup half full or half empty?” question. I like to think that I would be happy to win a prize no matter what had happened before. I look forward to the opportunity to confirm this!
Let me know in the comments if you feel as I do. Second-prize winners that miss the giant prize by “only one number” may go through some version of this feeling. A nice-sized second prize, it seems, would be a good consolation.
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