Thomas Hanna, a 74-year-old from Clovis, won the largest California Lottery Fantasy 5 prize ever claimed: $762,087 before taxes. When asked what he would do with the winnings, he laughingly replied he would “invest in houses and lots of whiskey.”
Hanna and his wife correctly guessed 4-6-16-17-25 in the contest, which asks players to match five numbers from a field of 39. He bought his winning ticket on Oct. 28 for $1 at the 7-Eleven at 1170 North Clovis Ave. in Clovis.
The previous record payout for Fantasy 5 was $729,505, set in 1992.
The couple went on to say they will first pay off their house and car before making any investments.
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It marked Hanna’s second win in the state Lottery. Two years ago the retiree won $10,000 in the Second Chance game.