BATON ROUGE – Shopping for the holidays and booking a cruise were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $12.1 million in scratch-off prizes claimed in October. The Lottery also reported more than $199.6 million won during drawings held in October, thanks to a $191.1 million winning Powerball jackpot ticket for the Oct. 25 drawing, the largest prize in Lottery history. 

October’s other draw-style game winnings included one Powerball match-5 + Power Play prize of $2 million, one Powerball match-4 + PB prize of $50,000 and 44 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $4,400. There were also three Mega Millions match-4 + MB prizes of $5,000 and 21 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $10,500. One player won a Lotto jackpot prize worth $650,000 and 71 players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $166,589, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $1,130,424. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,093,990 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $2,237,100. 

Two-hundred-ten Easy 5 players won match-4 prizes totaling $21,000, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $128,102 with an additional $109,825 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.  

“Over 25,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $1,143,865 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes, including the $2 million match-5 + Power Play winner,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “Nearly 27,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $168,857 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes.” The Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing. 

In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in October were $199,694,971. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets. 

“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 does not win the jackpot, it could have won another prize,” Hudson added.

In addition to $12,188,991 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during October, players also claimed $1,844,725 worth of free-ticket prizes. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are closed when all top prizes are claimed, and scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket. A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on its website,

While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocates 53.4 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 K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers are paid 5.6 percent compensation, and the Lottery retains approximately 6 percent of sales to operate.

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.