New Orleans Woman claims $1 million Powerball prize on behalf of group

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Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 1:30pm

Bobby Reaux claimed a $1 million Powerball prize from the July 6 drawing on behalf of BCT, a self-named group of coworkers from Macy's at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

The 41-year-old New Orleans resident purchased the Quick Pick ticket that matched all five white-ball numbers but missed the Powerball number. Reaux explained the group name is comprised of the first initial of each member of the group, which also includes Chris Smith and Patricia Morvant. Morvant said the group has been playing Powerball together for the last two years.

Reaux said each group member will receive a little over $233,000 after federal and state tax withholdings. With their winnings, Reaux said she would spend hers on a new house she recently purchased. Smith said he plans to help his family, and Morvant said she will help her children as well as extend her previously planned stay at the Beau Rivage this week.

Reaux purchased the winning ticket at Spur Discount Corner in New Orleans. The store will receive a selling bonus of $10,000, which is 1 percent of the prize.

Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Draw-style game tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem should call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help.

For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing. More information about other Powerball winners can be found on the Lottery’s website, www.louisianalottery.com.

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