Lottery Drawings Produce $6.7 Million in Winnings in February While Scratch-Off Winners Claim $11.1 Million
Paying for a wedding and spoiling grandchildren were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $11.1 million in scratch-off cash prizes claimed in February. The Lottery also reported nearly $6.7 million won during drawings held in February.February’s draw-style game winnings included one Powerball match-4 + PB prize of $50,000 and 35 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $3,500. There was also one Mega Millions match-5 winner of $1 million and one Mega Millions with Megaplier match-4 + MB prize worth $40,000 and another without the Megaplier worth $10,000. Ninety-four Lotto players won match-5 prizes totaling $167,122, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $484,332. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,342,260 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,606,000. There was one Easy 5 jackpot-winning tickets of $70,000, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $204,973 with an additional $124,046 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1. “More than 24,000 Power Play purchasers won an extra $202,254 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “Also, over 15,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $128,014 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes.” The $1 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 February were $6,691,479. 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 $11,161,476 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during February, players also claimed $2,121,467 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, www.louisianalottery.com/scratch-offs.While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocates nearly 53.7% of sales to fund prizes. At least 35% 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% compensation, and the Lottery retains less than 6% 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.