West Baton Rouge resident claims $246,000 Easy 5 Jackpot
Lionell Matthews of West Baton Rouge discovered that consistency pays off during the July 15 Easy 5 drawing! The frequent Lottery player broke the game’s jackpot rolling streak – which began June 3 when he matched all five numbers drawn to win $246,000! “I was just a ball of emotions” Matthews said, as he recounted his big winning moment. He received $172,201.40 after federal and state taxes were withheld and plans to use his winnings to pay off his bills. The winning numbers were 13-18-19-26-29. Matthews purchased the winning quick-pick ticket at Tiger Trax #1 in Erwinville. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $2,460, which is one 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. More information about Lotto and other jackpot winners can be found on the Lottery’s website, www.louisianalottery.com.