Lottery Scratch-Off Winners Claim $11 Million in June While Drawings Produce $7 Million in Winnings
From getting a massage to taking a week off, Louisiana Lottery players had relaxing plans for the nearly $11 million in scratch-off prizes claimed in June. The Lottery also reported more than $7 million won during drawings held in June.June’s draw-style game winnings included seven Powerball prizes worth $10,000 each, four Mega Millions prizes of $5,000 each and three Easy 5 jackpots totaling $210,728. Lotto prizes totaled $621,536 including $60,000 in promotional Lotto Lagniappe raffle prizes. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $3,346,740 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,741,700. Easy 5 prizes totaled $335,186 with an additional $125,946 won in ezmatch prizes, an instant-win option available for an additional $1. “Nearly 20,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $206,007 in addition to their regular Powerball prize,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said, “and more than 24,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $122,407.” The Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing. In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in June were $7,240,202. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets. “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.In addition to $10,606,368 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during June, players also claimed $1,577,035 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. A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on its website, www.louisianalottery.com/scratch-offs.While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocates at least 50 percent of sales to fund prizes. At least 35 percent of sales is transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers are paid at least 5 percent in commission, and the Lottery retains less than 10 percent of sales to operate.Hudson reminded ticket purchasers to play responsibly, encouraging anyone who has a gambling problem, or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.