BATON ROUGE – Going on a shopping spree and donating to charity were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $10.5 million in scratch-off cash prizes claimed in August. The Lottery also reported almost $7.3 million won during drawings held in August.
August’s draw-style game winnings included one Powerball match-4 + PB prize worth $50,000 and 43 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $4,300. There was also one Mega Millions with Megaplier match-4 + MB prize worth $20,000, one Mega Millions match-4 + MB prize of $10,000 and 18 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $9,000. One player won a Lotto jackpot prize worth $1,041,156 and 102 players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $202,434, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $1,631,517. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,426,750 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,685,000.
One player won an Easy 5 jackpot prize worth $192,435, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $338,486 with an additional $125,847 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.
“More than 26,000 Power Play purchasers won an extra $278,554 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “More than 16,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $113,080 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.
“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 $10,510,832 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during August, players also claimed $1,877,632 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.