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Man buys 5 winning Fantasy 5 tickets at St. Petersburg store

ST. PETERSBURG — There were six winning tickets in the Fantasy Five lottery game this weekend, and five of them were purchased at M & S Food Mart on Central Avenue.

By the same person.

The lucky man's jackpot: $224,400.05.

His numbers: 19-21-23-30-36.

His only competition: Someone who bought a single ticket at a Publix in Miami. While the top prize was $269,280.26, each ticket holder gets $44,880.04.

"He's very happy," Jason Kuriakose, manager of the convenience store at 6401 Central Ave., said of the local winner. "He said he always plays the same numbers five times. He's been playing that for a while, and finally he hit it."

The man visited the convenience store Monday morning, but has yet to claim his prize with state lottery officials. By law, winners are publicly identified.

According to the Florida State Lottery, there were 554,220 transactions for the game. But anyone can buy up to 10 transactions on a single ticket slip. There are no limits to how many ticket slips can be bought. Each play costs $1.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 376,992.

Florida's won't enter the multi-state Powerball lottery until January, but the state is already a winner when it comes to billboard advertising. New lottery billboards, like this one on Tampa's West Shore Boulevard, are digital and solar-powered. No more need for human hands to scramble up every week and change the numbers. Savings will cover the conversion costs within a year, a lottery spokeswoman says.

Man buys 5 winning Fantasy 5 tickets at St. Petersburg store 12/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:23am]
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