Lake Charles Man Wins Powerball Prize
John Tietje of Lake Charles got himself a very nice birthday present this year when he claimed a $10,000 Powerball prize from the Dec. 12 drawing just days before his birthday.
"I tried to wait until the actual day of my birthday to claim the money, but I was just too excited," said Tietje. "I checked my numbers at least 10 times."
Tietje, who has no immediate plans for his winnings, purchased his ticket at Valero Corner Store #1729 on Northeast Evangeline Thruway in Lafayette.
Tietje's ticket matched four of the five white ball numbers drawn and the red Powerball number to win $10,000. The winning numbers for the Dec. 12 Powerball drawing were 12-13-14-35-41 and the Powerball number was 29.
Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. The Lottery encourages anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to 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.