California market sells lottery ticket worth $351,451

Beth Torres

Small store sells a Fantasy 5 ticket with a big jackpot 

It may have been just another quick trip to the store, the kind we all do all the time. This one was different, however. A lucky California shopper — or maybe someone who just dropped in to buy a lottery ticket — got a little something extra with their errands: a ticket worth a jackpot of over a third of a million dollars.

The California Lottery reports that one ticket for the Fantasy 5 drawing on May 28, 2023 matched all five winning numbers. This ticket is now worth the grand prize for this drawing, or $351,451.

Who was the lucky (maybe) shopper?

Whoever they were, they were indeed lucky. But we have no information yet about the winner as of this writing.

What were the winning numbers?

The five numbers that yielded a grand prize from the California Fantasy 5 drawing #10795 on May 28, 2023 were:

2, 4, 12, 15, and 16

Where was the winning ticket sold?

The grand prize-winning ticket was sold at Downtown Dinuba Market, a California grocery store and lottery retailer. You can see the exact location in the following map.

Can the winner remain anonymous if they prefer?

In some states, lottery prize winners can choose to remain anonymous. Unfortunately, California is not one of them. The California Lottery FAQ states that:

“The California Lottery is subject to public disclosure laws that allow access to certain governmental records. Your full name, the name and location of the retailer who sold you the winning ticket, the date you won and the amount of your winnings, including your gross and net installment payments, are matters of public record and are subject to disclosure. The Lottery will not disclose any other personal or identifying information without your permission unless legally required to do so.”

Okay, what if I claim my prize using a trust?

Another reasonable option is available in some states but not, alas, in sunny California. This time the facts are in the California Lottery Winner’s Handbook:

“You can form a trust prior to claiming your prize, but our regulations do not allow a trust to claim a prize. Understand that your name is still public and reportable.”

Maybe I’ll just take my lottery business elsewhere!

Not in California. Here is a 2008 press release from the California Attorney General that provides an example of the official attitude toward competition with the state lottery.

To the best of my knowledge, privately run lotteries remain prohibited in California along with other states. Some exceptions exist, certain kinds of raffles for American Legion posts and religious organizations, for example. But in California, if you want to play the lottery, the California Lottery is your best, and probably only, bet.

Of course, the first priority is to win something

I don’t care for preventing lottery winners from remaining anonymous. But let’s face it, even with the hassles that might go along with a big cash prize and public disclosure, winning one of those big, life-changing prizes would still be a dream come true for most of us. Suddenly having enough money to worry about would be what many would consider a “good problem.”

Let your fellow NewsBreak readers know in the comments if you have an opinion on the anonymity issue. 

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