Lottery drawings produce $6.2 million in winnings in April, scratch-off winners claim $11.2 million
POSTED: Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 1:04pm
Baton Rouge, La — From buying a new lawnmower to planning vacations, Louisiana Lottery players had big plans for the more than $6.2 million in prizes won during drawings held in April. The Lottery also reported over $11.2 million in scratch-off prizes claimed in April.
April’s draw-style game winnings included a $666,851 Lotto jackpot prize, six $10,000 Powerball prizes, one Mega Millions with Megaplier prize of $30,000 and a $10,000 Mega Millions prize. Lotto winning tickets totaled $1,221,183. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,313,310 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,315,700.
Easy 5 prizes totaled $160,274 with an additional $210,281 won in ezmatch prizes, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.
“More than 19,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $163,911 in addition to their regular Powerball prize,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said, “and more than 10,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $178,117.”
The Power Play option offers Powerball ticket purchasers the chance to increase nonjackpot-related prizes to a set amount, which ranges from $12 for matching just the red Powerball number to $2 million for matching all five white-ball numbers when they purchase Power Play for an additional $1. The $1 Megaplier add-on option multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number of 2, 3 or 4 selected during the drawing.
In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in April were $6,297,533. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets.
In addition to $11,238,166 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during April, players also claimed $1,639,488 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.
“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.