How to Play
Top Prize Rolls Down if Nobody Wins!
Ever daydream about what you would do with a fantasy prize of around $200,000? With FANTASY 5 ® , you can! And, if there is no top-prize winner, the top prize rolls down to the 4-of-5 and 3-of-5 prize levels. FANTASY 5 has lots of winners. You can win a free ticket for matching just two numbers. Tickets cost $1 per play.
To play, pick up a FANTASY 5 playslip at an authorized Florida Lottery retailer. Each playslip contains 10 panels (A-J). In each panel played:
1. Select five numbers from 1 through 36 or mark the Quick Pick box to have the computer pick any or all of your numbers at random.
2. For a chance to win cash instantly, select the EZmatch™ box in a panel for a $1 more per play. Or you can mark the EZmatch box on the upper left side of the playslip to add EZmatch to all panels played. FANTASY 5 tickets with EZmatch cannot be canceled.
3. To play the same numbers for more than one draw, simply tell the retailer how many advance draws you wish to play or select the number of draws in the Advance Play section of your playslip.
4. Give your completed playslip and payment to the retailer. You will receive a ticket printed with your numbers, draw date(s) and the total cost of the ticket. For each panel with EZmatch selected, you will receive a separate ticket with your FANTASY 5 and EZmatch numbers. Please check your ticket(s) before you leave the store. You are responsible for the accuracy of your ticket(s).
5. Check the official drawing results to see if you’re a winner! Draw results are available on this website, at authorized Florida Lottery retailers and by calling (850) 921-PLAY (7529). You may also watch the drawings online.
Drawings are held seven days per week at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased until 10:40 p.m. ET on the night of the draw. Tickets purchased after 10:40 p.m. will be for the next draw.
If you claim a prize on a winning Advance Play ticket before all of the draws on the ticket have occurred, you will be issued a continuation ticket for the remaining draws with the same play numbers as the original ticket.
Please remember: All prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable draw date.
The Florida Lottery will hold official FANTASY 5 ® drawings in which five out of 36 numbers will be drawn at random. If your five numbers match the five winning numbers drawn in the official drawing for the date played, you win the FANTASY 5 top prize. Match two, three or four of the winning numbers to win other cash prizes or a free Quick Pick ticket.
FANTASY 5 is a pari-mutuel game. Actual prize amounts depend on sales and the number of winners in each prize category. All FANTASY 5 cash prizes are paid in a single cash payment. If there is no top prize winner, the money in the top prize pool rolls down, and is shared equally among winners in the 4-of-5 prize level, with a maximum prize of $555 per winner. If the available roll down exceeds the $555 per winner maximum in the 4-of-5 prize level, the excess funds in the prize pool roll down and are shared equally among the winners in the 3-of-5 prize level. When a ticket with 2-of-5 winning numbers is redeemed, the gaming terminal will automatically print a free Quick Pick ticket for the next available drawing.
Applicable federal income taxes will be withheld from FANTASY 5 top prizes at the time payments are made. Read more about claiming Lottery prizes.
*Estimated prize for a single top prize winner. In the event of multiple top prize winners, the top prize is shared.
All prizes shown are estimated prize amounts. All cash prizes are pari-mutuel.
It’s Quick and Easy, Just Match and Win Instantly!
With EZmatch™, you can add instant fun to FANTASY 5 ® ! Just choose the EZmatch play option, for an additional $1 per play for a chance to win cash instantly.
Your FANTASY 5 numbers for the daily draw
Your EZmatch numbers for a chance to win instantly
In this example, your ticket costs $2 ($1 for FANTASY 5 and $1 for EZmatch)
EZmatch on a FANTASY 5 Advance Play will add $1 to the cost of the ticket
Sample FANTASY 5 Ticket
Please note: You can play FANTASY 5 alone or add EZmatch for a chance to win instant prizes!
When you select EZmatch, five EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts will print below the FANTASY 5 numbers on your ticket. Match any EZmatch number with any FANTASY 5 number on your ticket, and win the prize amount shown instantly. You can win up to five times on a single FANTASY 5 with EZmatch ticket.
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Florida Fantasy 5 Winning Methods
About Florida Fantasy 5 Lotto Game
Learn how to win Florida Fantasy 5 with free winning lotto tips by Gail Howard. The best lotto bet you can make in Florida is on the Fantasy Five game. Florida Fantasy 5 has been using the 5/36 number format since July 15, 2001 and has held over 3,500 drawings since then. To play, choose five numbers from 1 to 36. Drawings are held daily, 7 days a week. When the lottery jackpot of $200,000 is not won, the prize money is split among the second prize lotto winners, often paying in excess of $1,000 per winner.
The odds of getting four winning lotto numbers are one in just 2,432. The odds of winning the first prize jackpot are one in 376,992. Compare that to the jackpot odds of one in 22,957,480 of winning the Florida Lotto 6/53; or the odds of one in 292 million to win the Powerball game; or the odds of one in 302,575,350 to win Mega Millions. Fantasy 5 is definitely the best game to play in Florida. The FL Fantasy 5 jackpot will not make you mega rich, but when you win it, you will be very, very happy.
Solutions to Help You Pick the Right Numbers
Below are free lotto tips to help you play the game smarter and win the lottery, taken from Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide. This is just a sample, and the book explains all of Smart Luck’s successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples of patterns shown throughout. It is a great starting place for any lotto player.
Advantage Gold software makes all the charts for this game, to automate the process of choosing the best numbers to play.
Lotto Wheeling Systems to help you win
In addition to number selection strategies, you should take advantage of wheeling your lotto numbers to improve your odds. You can quickly and easily wheel pick-5 lotto numbers using the Balanced Wheels in the Wheel Five Gold lottery software. You get a minimum win guarantee with every wheel!
Lottery Strategies TO HELP YOU WIN Florida Fantasy 5
Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the drawings in past lotto results of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide, with histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:
The key to Gail Howard’s successful lottery number selection methods is playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.
How to WIN Florida Fantasy 5 Lotto
ODD-EVEN LOTTO NUMBER TIPS
When you select your Fantasy Five numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than 2 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three odd and two even, or two odd and three even. One of these two patterns will occur in 64 percent of the drawings.
HIGH-LOW LOTTO NUMBER TIPS
Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In a 36-number game like FL Fantasy 5, numbers 1 to 18 would be in the low half, and numbers 19 to 36 would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 2 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three high and two low, or two high and three low. One of these two patterns will occur in 69 percent of the drawings.
LOTTERY NUMBER GROUP STRATEGIES
Look at a list of past winning numbers for FL Fantasy 5, and you’ll see that most often one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-8-14-17-32, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.
LOTTERY GAMES SKIPPED STRATEGIES
List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Fantasy Five lotto numbers that are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)
LOTTO NUMBER SUM ADVICE – PLAY A BALANCED GAME ®
After you choose five numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the five numbers adds up to somewhere between 69 and 116, the balanced range of sums for Florida Fantasy Five. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.
REPEAT HITS LOTTERY TIPS
In FL Fantasy5, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing every other drawing or 55 percent of the time.
HOT NUMBER LOTTERY SECRETS
Numbers that have been out (losers) for four games or less account for about half of the winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for six games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers. Numbers out ten games or less account for 82 percent of the winning numbers. This tells us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at least one long shot in your group of 5.
COLD NUMBER LOTTERY SECRETS
It is difficult to know when a lottery number will end a long losing streak. If you play a number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be worth chasing.
Lottery Pools and Lottery Syndicates
POOL YOUR WAY TO LOTTO RICHES
Several of the 109 Lotto jackpots won with Smart Luck lottery systems were won by groups of lotto players who pooled their money. Sharing the ticket cost with others stretches your Lotto budget. By playing with a group, you can afford to buy more lottery tickets—and play larger wheeling systems—than you could (or should) by yourself. Draw up an agreement and have the members of your pool sign it.
How to Get Lucky in Lotto
CASH IN ON THE LUCK OF OTHERS
When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool. Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “I’m unlucky. I never win anything.” They won’t bring good luck to your group either.
CASH IN ON A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble with. It is just one of life’s dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when every effort is made to attain that goal.
USE BALANCED WHEEL ® SYSTEMS
Balanced Wheel ® Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 5), play scientific lotto combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee. Balanced Wheels ® force all the winning lottery numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.
It’s true that the more lottery numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning lotto numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers in Florida Fantasy Five’s group of 36. That means wheeling less than 23 numbers. Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize. You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of numbers.
THE BEST WAY TO WHEEL ALL THE LOTTO NUMBERS IN YOUR GAME
Any one wheeling system that covers ALL the numbers in the game is too spread out, making the win guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages 137 to 142 in Gail Howard’s book, Lottery Master Guide.
Most of Smart Luck’s lottery winners used a Balanced Wheel ® in addition to her Smart Luck ® lottery number selection methods. You can use a FREE interactive Balanced Wheel ® System that won multiple jackpots. Read about our lotto winners, too. And when you win a jackpot with Gail Howard’s lottery systems, tell us about it so you can be added to Gail Howard’s growing list of winners. If you don’t want your name publicized, Gail will honor that.
Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid
Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.
Proof that you should stay away from playing all low, odd, and/or commonly played numbers: Florida Fantasy 5 winning numbers were 1-3-5-7-9 on August 28, 2012. This is a very rare combination to win, but 98 people bought the ticket. Their jackpot share was less than $2,000 each. Avoid buying this kind of ticket to improve your odds of winning as well as the size of your jackpot!
AVOID NUMBER COMBINATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN BEFORE
Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Fantasy 5, with seven drawings a week, a set of five numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 1,035 years. This should also answer the question we are so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”
AVOID BETTING FIVE CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS
Even four consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once. Since FL Fantasy 5 has a lower number field, four consecutive numbers have occurred several times, but it is not likely to happen. Even if several consecutive numbers are drawn together, there is still the risk that your payout will be low because you are competing with others who are using this method of play. Florida Fantasy 5 has shown a great example of this: the game set a record on March 21, 2011 when 47 people won the jackpot. That drawing had a 5 consecutive number winning ticket: 14-15-16-17-18. Unfortunately for the winners, the jackpot was split so many times, they each won less than $5,000 for a jackpot prize (when a typical Fantasy 5 jackpot gives around $200,000 to a single winner). Do yourself a favor and skip playing combinations like these.
AVOID THE COMBINATION 1-2-3-4-5
Just like you should avoid betting five consecutive numbers, you should especially avoid that set from 1 to 5. The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.
AVOID BETTING ONE LOTTO NUMBER GROUP
Never choose all five numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All five winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely.
AVOID PATTERN BETTING
Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.
AVOID NUMBER MULTIPLES
Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25 and 7-14-21-28-35.
AVOID ALL SAME LAST DIGITS
Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even three same last digits occur in less one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.
AVOID LOW NUMBER COMBINATIONS
The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Fantasy 5 has 36 numbers. If you play only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other winners. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you consider including a high number so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth something.
NIX LOTTO QUICK PICKS
Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.
In Lotto, the Trend is Your Friend
The shortest, easiest way to search for Lotto numbers that have the greatest probability of winning is to track the trends. Smart Luck strategies show you how to understand and use historical data. Advantage Gold lottery strategy software has a vast assortment of charts and reports that allow you to examine your lotto numbers in an infinite variety of ways. Advantage Gold teaches you to understand and use historical data.
See all Smart Luck lottery software and lotto books or the full lottery product guide and list of best Florida lottery software and books to use for Florida Fantasy 5. Also see the references on the right side of this page: products to use for Florida Fantasy Five, many articles for more info on understanding lottery strategy and the concepts of lotto wheeling, Florida lotto winner stories, links to our free wheels for Florida Fantasy 5, and more!Florida Fantasy 5 Winning Methods About Florida Fantasy 5 Lotto Game Learn how to win Florida Fantasy 5 with free winning lotto tips by Gail Howard. The best lotto bet you can make in Florida ]]>