POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 4:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Evan Bauer of Slidell was just warming up when he matched five of the six Lotto numbers in the July 4 drawing to win a $1,842 Louisiana Lottery prize, but he hit a homerun in the subsequent Lotto drawing, matching all six numbers to win the $1,716,696 jackpot.
“Pick your numbers and stick to them,” the 29-year-old shared when he claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge on Monday. “Eventually it will pay off!”
RaceTrac Petroleum #380 on Gause Boulevard in Slidell sold Bauer his winning ticket and will receive a bonus of $17,167, which is 1 percent of the prize, for the sale. The winning numbers for the July 7 Lotto drawing were 03-06-09-10-14-25.
Bauer said he plans to put the money into savings while he thinks carefully about how to spend it.
After federal and state taxes were withheld, Bauer received $1,201,687.
The July 7 Lotto jackpot was the largest won since 2009 and had been rolling since March 10, 2012.
Lottery 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 Lotto winners can be found in the “Meet Our Winners” section of the Lottery’s website, www.louisianalottery.com .