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How odd is this? Winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1-3-5-7-9

 

Players who picked 1-3-5-7-9 are a little richer after Tuesday’s Fantasy Five game.

Where the winners were sold

Miami-Dade County

Alicia Market, 2050 71st St., Miami Beach

Amerika, 385 E. Hialeah Drive, Hialeah

BJ’s Wholesale Club, 10425 Marlin Rd., Cutler Ridge (Quick Pick ticket)

El Gaitero Supermarket II, 8121 W. 8th Ave., Hialeah

Franjo Citgo, 18001 SW 97th Ave., Miami

Happy Supermarket, 1299 NW 79th St., Miami

La Nueva Bella Market, 2800 NW 13th Ave., Miami

Miami Gardens Citgo, 18553 NW 27th Ave., Miami

Presidente Supermarket, 8370 NW 27th Ave., Miami

Publix, 12855 NE 6th Ave., North Miami Beach

Publix, 14641 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach

Publix, 8341 Flagler Park Plaza, Miami

Sedano’s Supermarket, 14655 SW 56th St., Miami

Stop N Shop, 5665 NW 36th St., Miami Springs

Super Stop, 255 NW 199th St., Miami

Valero, 11100 SW 216th St., Cutler Bay

Westar, 16300 N.E. 6th Ave., Miami

Westar Gas Station, 14290 West Dixie Highway, North Miami

Broward County

A & J Seabra Supermarket, 839 W. Sample Rd., Deerfield Beach

Circle A Food Store, 7030 Pembroke Rd., Miramar

Latinos Meat Market, 1718 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach

Libib, Inc. 1850 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park

M&E Super Stop, 4191 Ravenswood Rd., Fort Lauderdale

My Market & Deli, 229 SW 17th St., Fort Lauderdale

Publix, 8101 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation

Shop Smart, 2910 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Sunshine, 901 NW 19th St., Fort Lauderdale

Sunshine, 2400 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes

Winn Dixie, 1515 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach

Elsewhere

Circle K, 4980 Spirit Lake Rd., Winter Haven

Circle K, 400 S. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River

Publix, 3304 SE Federal Highway, Stuart (7 winners)

Circle K, 13077 Cortez Blvd., Springhill

Publix, 4966 Lechalet Blvd., Boynton Beach

SB Food & Discount Beverage, 6404 Melaleuca Lane, Greenacres

Sweetbay, 1651 SE Highway 19, Crystal River

Kangaroo Express, 1400 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee

Phillips & Munzel Oil Company, Inc., 2704 State Road 674, Ruskin

Publix, 7777 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne

Sam’s Angle Food, Inc., 1503 Angle Rd., Fort Pierce

Circle K, 1401 E. Oak St., Arcadia

Donia Food Mart & Deli, 4015 Little Rd., New Port Richey

Kwik Stop, 101 Blue Heron Blvd. West, Riviera Beach

Kangaroo Express, 1098 W. International Speedway Blvd., Deland

Hilltop Food Market, 615 W. Daughtery Rd., Lakeland

Circle K, 1783 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

Bud’s Supermarket, 2615 N. 22nd St., Tampa

7-Eleven, 407 S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando

Short Stop Food Mart, 2003 E. Waters Ave., Tampa

Day N Nite, 9317 Lem Turner Rd., Jacksonville

7-Eleven, 1220 1st St. West, Brandenton

Marathon Gas Station, 902 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

Publix, 4100 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 109, Melbourne

Kangaroo Express, 1201 Palm Harbor Parkway, Palm Coast

Publix, 11231 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens

Tampa Super Saver, 3712 N. 15th St., Tampa

7-Eleven, 860 7th Ave. North, Naples

Gas Kwick, 1001 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Publix, 255 E. Van Fleet Drive, Bartow

Publix, 2340 Fortune Rd., Kissimmee

Publix, 1520 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater

Regina’s Ice Cream, 824 5th Ave. South, Naples

Food Mart, 660 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park

Jasmine Food Mart, 10201 66th St. North, Pinellas Park

Downtown Food Mart, 212 9th St. North, St. Petersburg

Leisure City Citgo, 29421 SW 152nd Ave., Leisure City

Rose Food Store, 1631 N.E. 16th Ave., Gainesville

Mini Mart, 4500 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg

Stop N Buy Off Haverhill, 2246 49th Way North, West Palm Beach

Lil Albert Food Store, 5105 Cleveland Rd., Jacksonville

7-Eleven, 9651 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers (2 winners)

Port Orange Texaco, 1702 Taylor Rd., Port Orange (2 winners)

Xtra Liquors, 1712 SW 13th St., Gainesville

Circle K, 5025 Tampa Rd., Oldsmar

Express Mart, 3650 U.S. Highway 27 North, Sebring

Publix, 17179 Tamiami Trail, North Port

Publix, 7749 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville

National Food Mart, 3000 Corrine Drive, Orlando

Publix, 15502 Stoneybrook West Parkway, Winter Garden

2K Food Mart #2, 1500 9th St. South, St. Petersburg

Park Citgo, 4210 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park

Quick Pick, 1000 9th St. North, St. Petersburg

State Line O’Yes Lotto, 11331 U.S. Highway 97 North, Walnut Hill

Community Shell, 2970 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Delray Chevron, 1909 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

Kwik Stop, 524 N.E. 22nd Ave., Boynton Beach

Moonshine Liquors, 10210 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville

Fast Lane Mart, Inc., 3497 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee


mbernal@MiamiHerald.com

What are the odds?

One in 376,992, actually.

Tuesday night’s Fantasy Five picks — 1-3-5-7-9 — resulted in the biggest win in the game’s history since July 2001.

In total, 98 winners had the correct five-out-of-five combination and won the top prize of $1,995.32.

Lucky them? Well, maybe not. A Fantasy Five payout can be as high as $200,000. But with so many winners sharing the pot, the take gets considerably less.

The chance of five straight single-digit odd numbers getting picked are the same as any other winning combination said Sneh Gulati, director of the statistics division at Florida International University.

“Every possible combination is equally likely in the odds of winning,” said Gulati. “They always tell you to not pick a number that you think will be common because if you get them, you’ll end up sharing the prize with more people.”

All in all, 119,000 players are winners to some degree after matching at least two numbers:

• 1,037 matched four numbers, which wins them $30.

• 15,276 matched three numbers, which wins them $5.50.

• 102,885 matched two numbers, which wins them a free ticket.

“People have probably not even realized they’ve won,” said Randy Thomas, manager of My Market & Deli in Fort Lauderdale, where one of the top prize winning tickets was sold. “We get winners occasionally who win about $3,000 to $4,000.”

Players might want to check their ticket — they have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prize or lose it.

Out of the 98 top prize winners, only one was a Quick Pick ticket, chosen by a computer at random.

When numbers are randomly picked, the probabilities will be the same regardless of the combination, Gulati said.

Florida Lottery spokeswoman Shelly Safford said there tend to be more winners when all the numbers are below 31.

“A lot of players tend to play birthdays and anniversary dates,” said Safford. “That’s when you see lots of winners.”

Gulati, the stats expert, has a warning for players who want to plunk down their $1 to play:

“It’s just a coincidence that it happened to be this,” said Gulati. “Do not pick the common numbers!”

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