Baton Rouge woman uses 'mom's numbers' to win Easy 5 jackpot

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 3:30pm

After Saturday night’s drawing, Baton Rouge resident Carolyn Blanchard became the fifth Louisiana Lottery Easy 5 jackpot winner this year.

“This is a big help for someone who is retired,” Blanchard said when she visited Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge on Monday to collect her $70,000 prize. She said she plans to invest her winnings.

The 76-year-old retired engineer reflected on how her late mother liked to play the Lottery. “She was lucky,” Blanchard remarked. Because her mother didn’t always understand the games, Blanchard said she would purchase plays for her mother and mark the set of numbers that belonged to her. After her mother’s death, Blanchard said she still puts a mark next to a set of numbers in memory of her mother. As luck would have it, that marked set of Quick Pick numbers matched all five numbers in the February 16's Easy 5 drawing.

Blanchard said she used to work part-time at Hi Nabor Supermarket #1A on Jones Creek Road in Baton Rouge where she purchased the winning ticket. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $700, which is one percent of the prize. Blanchard received $49,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld.

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