Gonzales Man Claims Easy 5 Jackpot Prize
Norbert Godchaux said it felt like a dream when he realized Monday morning that he had won the $269,243 Easy 5 jackpot prize from the Louisiana Lottery's May 4 drawing.
The 64-year-old Gonzales resident said he won $65 on a few Lottery tickets last week and thought maybe it was his time to win big, though he admitted, "I was not expecting this."
Godchaux's Quick Pick Easy 5 numbers were 05-13-19-27-33. He received $188,470 after state and federal taxes were withheld. A classic car enthusiast, Godchaux explained that he lost two vintage cars due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said he has had his eye on a certain yellow sports car for some time now.
Godchaux purchased his winning ticket at Albertson's #2742 on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $2,692.43, which is 1 percent of the prize.
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Draw-style game tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem should 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.
Easy 5 drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday except for Christmas Day.