POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Kulwant “KK” Kaur does not consider herself lucky, so she was surprised to find that she held the $88,110 Easy 5 jackpot-winning ticket from the Louisiana Lottery’s May 25 drawing.
“I saw the numbers match one after another, and I couldn’t believe it,” the 54-year-old Hammond resident said when she visited Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge on Wednesday to collect her prize. Kaur added that she has won $12,000 and $1,000 on scratch-off games in the past. “I couldn’t believe it then either!” she exclaimed.
Kaur received $61,677 after federal and state tax withholdings. She said she plans to treat herself to a new phone and then put the money toward her children’s college fund.
Kaur purchased her winning ticket at Jiffy Mart on Pumpkin Center Road in Hammond. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $881.10, which is 1 percent of the prize.
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.
Easy 5 drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday except for Christmas Day. More information about other Easy 5 winners can be found in the “Meet Our Winners” section of the Lottery’s website, www.louisianalottery.com .