The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported nearly $41 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during May, highlighted by one Powerball jackpot-winning ticket worth $33 million and one record Easy 5 jackpot-winning ticket worth $486,375.  Also during the same month, scratch-off players claimed more than $6.3 million in cash prizes.

May's winning draw-style tickets totaled $40,751,315, which included one "match-5" Powerball prize of $200,000, 17 Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, and 158 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $1,716 each. Pick 3 prizes totaled $1,706,850 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $1,278,800. 

Easy 5 prizes totaled $726,298 with an additional $319,741 in ezmatch prizes. For an additional $1, players can add ezmatch to their Easy 5 ticket for the chance to win up to $250 instantly.   

"Last month, more than 28,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $1,246,025 in addition to their regular Powerball prize. This included one player who multiplied his prize by four to win $800,000 and another whose prize was multiplied by three to win $600,000," Lottery President Rose Hudson said.  For an additional $1, the Power Play option offers Powerball ticket purchasers the chance to multiply any nonjackpot-related prize up to five times depending upon the Power Play multiplier number randomly selected during the drawing.

Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim any winnings.

In addition to $6,312,712 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during May, players also claimed $1,224,994 worth of free tickets. Scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket.

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 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.

"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 doesn't win the jackpot, it could possibly have won a smaller prize," Hudson added.

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.

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