Fantasy 5 is a popular lottery game played in the US state of California. Entry to Fantasy 5 costs $1.
The Fantasy 5 daily draw takes place at 18:30 local time (Pacific Standard) each day. Players can buy Fantasy 5 tickets before the 18:29 deadline each day, with sales resuming immediately after completion of the draw.
To play Fantasy 5, choose five numbers between 1 and 39, or go for a Quick Pick with five randomly selected numbers.
Players who spend more than $5 on a Fantasy 5 ticket will also enter the Fantasy 5 2nd Chance draw, a weekly draw with a top prize of $10,000. Players get one 2nd Chance entry per $5 spent on Fantasy 5.
Fantasy 5 offers a minimum guaranteed jackpot between $60,000 and $80,000.
There is no jackpot or rollover cap for the Fantasy 5 lottery, with jackpots growing quickly due to the lottery being drawn daily.
The highest ever Fantasy 5 jackpot was won on January 5, 2020, at $935,000.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Fantasy 5 jackpot are 1 in 575,757. These are excellent odds for a lottery game.
In addition to winning the jackpot, players can win prizes at three additional tiers. While the prize for matching three or four numbers varies depending on ticket sales, matching two numbers is always rewarded with a free ticket for a future Fantasy 5 draw.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||5||1 in 575,757||0.0002|
|2||4||1 in 3,387||0.03|
|3||3||1 in 103||0.97|
|4||2||1 in 10||10|
Payout and Taxes
Fantasy 5 winnings are paid out as a lump sum only, with players having 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prizes.
Californian residents are not subject to direct taxation on Fantasy 5 winnings; however, 24% to 30% of winnings can be withheld by the state, as California residents must declare lottery winnings as income.
Fantasy 5 winners who do not reside in California should check local tax laws and whether they need to declare their winnings.
Who Can Play Fantasy 5?
Fantasy 5 tickets are on sale at authorized lottery retailers across California, with players needing to be at least 18 years of age to buy a ticket.
Lottery enthusiasts from the rest of the United States and around the world can play online or via the California Lottery mobile app.
History of Fantasy 5
Fantasy 5 was founded in 1992, having kept the same structure and gameplay ever since.