POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:34am
BATON ROUGE, LA — From buying Saints tickets to paying for a wedding, Louisiana Lottery players had big plans for the more than $9.9 million in scratch-off prizes paid in September. The Lottery also reported more than $8.6 million in prizes won during drawings held in September.
September’s draw-style game winnings included one match-5 Powerball prize worth $1 million, six Powerball prizes of $10,000, three Powerball with Power Play prizes averaging $40,000 each, two Mega Millions prizes of $10,000 and three Easy 5 jackpot prizes totaling $470,000. Lotto winnings totaled $873,633. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,678,950, and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,723,600.
Easy 5 prizes totaled $635,060 with an additional $153,530 won in ezmatch prizes, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.
“More than 29,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $334,148 in addition to their regular Powerball prize,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said, “and more than 10,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $76,460.”
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 selected during the drawing.
In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in September were $8,663,951. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets.
In addition to $9,914,310 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during September, players also claimed $1,459,790 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.