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Lottery drawings produce $8.6 million in winnings in July, scratch-off winners claim $9.7 million

Lottery drawings produce $8.6 million in winnings in July, scratch-off winners claim $9.7 million
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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 2:34pm

From extending vacations to paying for college, Louisiana Lottery players had a wide range of plans for the more than $8.6 million in prizes won during drawings held in July. The Lottery also reported nearly $9.7 million in scratch-off prizes paid in July.

July’s draw-style game winnings included three match-5 Powerball prizes worth $1 million, four Powerball prizes of $10,000, two Mega Millions prize of $10,000, one Mega Millions with Megaplier prize worth $30,000 and four Easy 5 jackpots totaling $230,000. Lotto winnings totaled $670,418, while Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,112,660 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,098,200.

Easy 5 prizes totaled $366,887 with an additional $155,599 won in ezmatch prizes, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.

“More than 25,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $210,078 in addition to their regular Powerball prize,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said, “and more than 8,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $90,589.” 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 July were $8,593,088. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets.

In addition to $9,729,230 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during July, players also claimed $1,488,523 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.

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