BATON ROUGE – Building a swimming pool and placing a down payment on a new vehicle were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $12.5 million in scratch-off prizes claimed in January. The Lottery also reported more than $8.3 million won during drawings held in January.

January’s draw-style game winnings included two Powerball with Power Play match-4 + PB prizes of $150,000 each and another worth $100,000; three Powerball match-4 + PB prizes totaling $150,000; and 109 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $10,900. There was also one Mega Millions with Megaplier match-4 + MB of $40,000 and another worth $30,000; three Mega Millions match-4 + MB prizes totaling $30,000; and 46 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $23,000. One player won a Lotto jackpot prize worth $525,000 and 97 players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $205,252, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $1,119,816. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,213,410 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,833,000. 

Three players won Easy 5 jackpot prizes totaling $326,494, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $462,501 with an additional $129,817 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.  

“Over 42,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $725,819 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes, including the three match-4 + PB winners,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “Over 22,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $253,626 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes, including the two match-4 + MB winners.” 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 January were $8,317,971. 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 $12,529,431 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during January, players also claimed $1,939,180 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 nearly 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.