Mississippi Resident Claims $114,481 Easy 5 Jackpot
Timothy C. Reilly of Ocean Springs, Miss. woke up on Dec. 13 wondering if he was still in a dream. That was when he found out he had won the $114,481 Easy 5 jackpot from the Dec. 12 drawing at Louisiana Lottery Corporation's New Orleans office.
"Isn't life sweet?" said Reilly. "I've been in a dream state ever since I found out." He said he plans to use his winnings for holiday shopping and paying bills.
Reilly, age 48, purchased his winning ticket at Winn Dixie #1329 on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $1,144 or one percent of the jackpot.
The winning numbers for the Dec. 12 Easy 5 drawing were 12-29-31-32-35. Reilly's ticket was a "quick pick," meaning the Lottery's terminal randomly selected his numbers. Reilly received $80,136 after state and federal withholding taxes.
Easy 5 drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday. Players can win a prize by matching as few as two numbers. For a limited time and for an additional $1, players can add ezmatch to their Easy 5 ticket for the chance to win up to $250 instantly.
Players must be at least 21 years old to purchase a Lottery ticket. Anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem are encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help.