10/21/2005 - 9:17 AM
Gretna Resident Claims Powerball Bonus Prize One of the three Louisiana ticket holders who correctly matched the five white ball numbers drawn from the record-setting $340 million Powerball drawing on October 19 has claimed $853,492 from the Louisiana Lottery Corporation's headquarters.
R. Oubre, a resident of Gretna, won $200,000 for matching the five numbers, plus and additional $653,492 from the first-ever Match 5 Bonus prize pool. After state and federal taxes were withheld, Oubre received $597,444.40 Thursday.
He purchased his winning ticket at The Discount Depot #4 on Westbank Expressway in Gretna. The retailer will receive $8,534.92 or one percent of the total Match 5 prize, as a bonus incentive for selling the winning ticket.
Winning Match 5 tickets purchased in Shreveport and Gray were unclaimed as of Friday.
The winning numbers from the Oct. 19 Powerball drawing were 7-21-43-44-49 and the Powerball number was 29. A ticket sold in Oregon matched all the numbers and won the $340 million Powerball jackpot.
Forty-six other ticket purchasers nationwide also won $200,000 and an additional $653,492 from the $32 million Match 5 Bonus prize pool.
Added to Powerball in 2002, the Match 5 Bonus prize feature pays a bonus to players who match the five white ball numbers but do not correctly match the red Powerball number when a new record Powerball jackpot is established.
Lottery President Randy Davis noted that persons must be at least 21 years old to purchase a Lottery ticket. He also reminded players that 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.