BATON ROUGE – Buying a new home and purchasing presents for the holidays were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the nearly $11.6 million in scratch-off cash prizes claimed in October.
The Lottery also reported more than $10.2 million won during drawings held in October.
October’s draw-style game winnings included one Powerball with Power Play match-4 + PB prize of $100,000, four Powerball match-4 + PB prizes totaling $200,000 and 147 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $14,700.
There were also three Mega Millions with Megaplier match-4 + MB prizes totaling $60,000, 12 Mega Millions match-4 + MB prizes totaling $120,000 and 232 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $116,000.
Two players won Lotto jackpot prizes, together worth $825,000 and 119 players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $220,828, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $1,464,844.
Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $1,843,250 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,742,000.
One player won an Easy 5 jackpot prize of $151,280, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $312,535 with an additional $147,282 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.
“About 62,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $499,057 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “Over 95,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $689,238 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes.” The $1 Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing.
In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in October were $10,243,202. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets.
“We encourage players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing and to check them promptly after the drawing. Even if a ticket does not win the jackpot, it could have won another prize,” Hudson added.
In addition to $11,599,561 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during October, players also claimed $2,008,058 worth of free-ticket prizes. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are closed when all top prizes are claimed, and scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket. A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on its website, www.louisianalottery.com/scratch-offs.
While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocates nearly 53.7 percent of sales to fund prizes. At least 35 percent of sales is transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers are paid 5.6 percent compensation, and the Lottery retains less than 6 percent of sales to operate.
Hudson reminded ticket purchasers to play responsibly, encouraging anyone who has a gambling problem, or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.