Lottery Drawings Produce $5.7 Million in Winnings in March While Scratch-Off Winners Claim $13.4 Million
Placing a down payment on a new home and padding savings accounts were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $13.4 million in scratch-off cash prizes claimed in March. The Lottery also reported more than $5.7 million won during drawings held in March.March’s draw-style game winnings included one Powerball with Power Play match-4 + PB prize worth $150,000 and 29 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $2,900. There were also three Mega Millions match-4 + MB prizes totaling $30,000 and 25 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $12,500. There were 80 Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $151,897, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $440,931. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,180,420 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,727,100. There were two Easy 5 jackpot-winning tickets totaling $231,203, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $351,777 with an additional $106,205 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.“More than 21,000 Power Play purchasers won an extra $292,165 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “Also, more than 14,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $133,470 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 March were $5,734,629. 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 $13,440,182 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during March, players also claimed $2,409,599 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.In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Lottery claims offices throughout the state closed to the public on March 24 and will remain closed through the end of April. Prizes claim deadlines occurring during the office closure will be extended 90 days. Players holding winning tickets of more than $600 are asked to secure them until offices reopen. Options on claiming other prize levels, can be found on the Lottery website, www.louisianalottery.com/claim. 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.